Responding to Price Changes (Elasticity of Demand

```RESPONDING TO PRICE
CHANGES (ELASTICITY OF
DEMAND & SUPPLY)
Lesson 2.5
The Law of Demand
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The quantity demanded varies inversely with price,
other things constant (a.k.a. Price Effect)
Price =
Quantity demanded
Price =
Quantity demanded
Elasticity of Demand
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Law of Demand does not specify the degree to
which the quantity demanded will change.
Degree of Change = QD vs. Price Changes
Demand is elastic if QD changes significantly as
price changes.
Demand is inelastic if QD changes little as price
changes.
Red Bull
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If price of Red Bull increased from \$2.00 to \$2.50,
would you still purchase from the vending machine?
At what price would you change your behavior?
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is price elasticity – how producers and consumers
react to a change in price.
Elastic vs. Inelastic
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Rubber Band – doesn’t take much effort to change its
shape. This means you are RESPONSIVE to price changes
(elasticity).
Pencil – takes much more effort to break the pencil
than to change the shape of a rubber band. This
means you are not RESPONSIVE to price changes
(inelastic).
Estimating Elasticity
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Salt – no substitutes, small portion of income, and a
necessity. All of these say that SALT is considered
INELASTIC.
Sports Car – substitutes available, large portion of
your income, and a luxury item. All of these say
that a SPORTS CAR is considered ELASTIC.
Handouts
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Elasticity Scenarios
Will quantity demanded be elastic or inelastic?
Which factors play a role?
Justify your decisions with sound economic
reasoning.
Demand Curves
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Why do the curves look different?
Talk to those around you and determine why they
look different?
Price elasticity can be zero if someone won’t buy a
product.
 Reasons:
cultural, health, environmental, political,
moral, etc.
Inelastic Demand
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Price change has little
or no effect on QD.
Line will be steep!
Elastic Demand
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Price change has a
huge change on QD.
Line will be more
Total Revenue Test
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Elasticity of Demand