Warm Up - Midlakes

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Warm Up

• • I have one can of Coke that is up for grabs – How are we going to decide who gets it?

– What will happen if I decide to auction it off?

– Will the soda go for the price you can buy it at the store?

How do economists decide “who” when there are limited resources?

Going to a Concert?

• • • • • Popular concert Sold out? Shortage of tickets?

How many would buy for $25 More?

Law of demand: consumers will demand more of a product at lower prices


• • • • • There are many reasons why people decide to purchase or decide to sell One element is always present – Price!

If price is too low – sellers will not sell If price is too high – buyers will not buy Supply and demand work together to establish “Market Price”


• • • Desire, willingness, and ability to purchase at the specified price and time The quantity demanded varies with the price of an item The lower the price, the greater number people are willing to buy








Example: Demand Schedule Pizza Slices

2 6

Quantity Demanded

1 12 23 45

Demand Curve

• • • • Draw a line graph illustrating the data in the demand schedule Vertical Axis – Price Horizontal Axis – Quantity Demand curve slopes downward and to the right

Law of Demand

• • • Buyers will purchase more of an item at a lower price and less at a higher price Reasons – More can afford it – People buy more at lower prices Quantity demanded varies inversely with (in the opposite direction to) changes in price


• • As the price of pizza was reduced, more students demanded them Storekeepers lower their price when they want to clear out merchandise

Movement ALONG the Demand Curve

• Change in Quantity Demanded is due to a change in PRICE

Reasons for movement along the Demand Curve

• INCOME EFFECT – The income effect happens when a person changes his or her consumption of goods and services as a result of a change in real income • SUBSTITUTION EFFECT – The substitution effect occurs when consumers react to an increase in a good’s price by consuming less of that good and more of other goods.

Shift in Demand Curve

• • Willingness to buy different amounts at the same price.

The Demand curve SHIFTS – If the curve shifts to the RIGHT = INCREASE in Demand – If the curve shifts to the LEFT = DECREASE in Demand – Right = Left =

What causes a shift in Demand

1. Income

Changes in consumers incomes affect demand.

2. Consumer Expectations Whether or not we expect a good to increase or decrease in price in the future greatly affects our demand for that good today.

3. Population Changes in the size of the population also affects the demand for most products. 4. Consumer Tastes and Advertising Advertising plays an important role in many trends and therefore influences demand.

Prices of Related Goods

• • • The demand curve for one good can be affected by a change in the demand for another Compliments: 2 goods bought together – Skis and ski boots Substitutes: 1 good bought in place of the other – Skis and snowboards

Let’s take a look!

• Demand Graphs

Marginal Utility

• • Utility = usefulness or satisfaction Defined as EXTRA usefulness or satisfaction a person gets from acquiring one more unit of a product

Principle of Diminishing Marginal Utility

• • More units of a certain economic product a person acquires, the less eager that person is to buy more I’m looking for a volunteer!

Warm Up

1. What is the definition of demand?

2. Explain the law of demand 3. Describe marginal utility and diminishing marginal utility 4. What causes a change along the demand curve line?

5. What causes a shift in the demand curve?

• Let’s practice: Demand Schedule/Graph

Elasticity of Demand

• • • • The law of demand does NOT tell us by how much the quantity demanded will increase or decrease at different prices One way to measure the degree of demand is through the concept of elasticity of demand The percentage change in demand that follows a price change The more demand expands or contracts after a price change, the great the elasticity of demand

Application of Elasticity

• • Elastic: (Steak) – When a drop in the price of an item causes an even greater % increase in demand – The demand has STRETCHED a great deal – Rise in price results in a large drop in demand Inelastic: (Milk) – When a drop in the price of an item causes a decrease or small increase in demand – Rise in price results in a small drop in demand

What Makes Demand Elastic/Inelastic

• Demand for a good that consumers will continue to buy despite a price increase is ??

• • Inelastic!

Demand for a good that is very sensitive to changes in price is elastic!

Significance of Demand Elasticity

• • The elasticity of demand determines how a change in prices will affect a firm’s total revenue or income If a good has an elastic demand, raising prices may actually decrease the firm’s total revenue

Quick Quiz: Elastic/Inelastic

• When a small change in price causes a large change in quantity demanded

• Elastic

• There are very few substitutes for a good

• inelastic

• A change in price will cause a small change in quantity demanded

• inelastic

• A big ticket item’s price increases

• Elastic


• • • • • With a partner Make a list Elastic/Inelastic goods/services Why elastic?

Why inelastic?


• • • • • The amount of a product that is offered for sale at all prices that could prevail in the market Law states suppliers will offer more for sale at high prices and less at low prices Quantity supplied = how much of a good/service is offered for sale at a given price Increased revenues when prices are high encourage firms to produce more! Also draws in more competition!!

Price per slice of Pizza

Supply Schedules

Slices supplied per day







1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 3,500


• Is shown by movement ALONG the supply curve

A SHIFT in Supply

• • • A change in the quantity that will be supplied at all possible prices Increase in supply – shifts right – Cost increase, supply will increase – Workers trained, more productive, supply increase Decrease in supply – shifts left – Cost increase, supply will decrease – Temps, less productive, supply decreases

Factors that SHIFT Supply

• • • • • Productivity Technology Number of Sellers Cost Expectations If positive – shifts to right If negative – shifts to left

Government Influence

• By raising or lowering the cost of producing goods, the government can encourage or discourage an entrepreneur or industry – Subsidies – Taxes – regulation

Forces that Affect Supply


DECREASE IN PRODUCTION COSTS INCREASE IN TECHNOLOGY GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES EXPECTATIONS OF A FUTURE PRICE MORE FIRMS ENTERING THE MARKET Increases in production costs Excise tax Government regulation Expectations of a future price Firms leaving the market

Supply Elasticity

• • • Elasticity of supply is a measure of the way quantity supplied reacts to a change in price If supply is not very responsive – inelastic An elastic supply is very sensitive to changes in price

Determinates of Supply Elasticity

• • • When companies find it difficult to increase output because of huge capital and technology – supply will be inelastic When companies can increase production easily, without the need for more capital or labor – supply will be elastic Typically in the short run, a firm cannot easily change its output level, so supply is inelastic

Demand v. Supply Elasticity

• • • If quantities are being purchased demand elasticity – concept is If quantities are being supplied supply elasticity – concept is BOTH is a measure of responsiveness to CHANGE IN PRICE


• • • By combining the supply and demand curves on the same graph, you can see how supply and demand together determine how much of a product will be produced and the equilibrium price Equilibrium – price at which the quantity supplied exactly equals the quantity demanded In other words, consumers are willing and able to buy the same amount of the product as producers are willing and able to supply

Draw in Equilibrium

Time to come to Equilibrium

• Will bread come to equilibrium before red cars?

• Yes! Because it is perishable and no other reason!

Market Disequilibrium

• • • If the market price or quantity supplied is anywhere but equilibrium 2 causes – Excess demand – Excess supply Interactions between buyers and sellers will always push the market back towards equilibrium


• • • Excess quantity supplied Eventually will force producers to lower the price As price comes down, consumers will buy more until it returns to equilibrium


• • • Consumers are willing and able to buy a lot at low prices They are willing to buy more than are available for sale Producers will start raising the price again until it reaches equilibrium

Role of Government in D&S

• • • Price ceilings – Max price that can be legally charged for a good – Rent control Price floors – Minimum price set by the government that must be paid for a good/service – Minimum wage We need government when price is too high or low?

Make a list of things that are too expensive

Should the government get involved?

• Where are prices too low? Should we help boost these prices with government involvement?


• Prices are signals and provide incentives to buyers and sellers. When supply or demand changes, market prices adjust, affecting incentives – Identify products used in households that have become more/less expensive compared to other products as a result of changes in supply and demand – Explain how the price changes affected production and consumption decisions in the household

Advantages of Prices

• • • As an incentive to buy or produce Signals – high price is giving sellers the green light to produce more Flexibility – price more flexible than production levels

Efficient Resource Allocation

• • A market system, with its fully changing prices, ensures that resources go to the uses that consumers value most highly Market problems!

– Spillover costs (pollution) to consumers – Misinformed consumers


• Describe what is likely to happen if the government imposes a price ceiling on gas and a price floor on milk

Using the Internet

• • Employment data – www.whitehouse.gov/fsbr/esbr/html Family income distribution – www.census.gov/hhes/income/histinc/f02.htlm


• • • PowerPoint OR Essay How does Demand and Supply impact me?

BE convincing!