### Chapter 5 Powerpoint

```Measurement
and
Interpretation
of Elasticities
Chapter 5
Discussion Topics
 Own price elasticity of demand: A unit free
measure of demand response to a good’s ownprice change
 Cross price elasticity of demand: A unit free
measure of demand response to other good’s
price change
 Income elasticity of demand: A unit free
measure of demand response to an income
change
 Other general properties of demand curves
 How can we use these demand elasticities
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Key Concepts Covered…
Own price elasticity = % in Qi
for a given % in Pi
Represented as ηii
i.e., the effect of a change in the price for hamburger on
hamburger demand: ηHH = % in QH for a given % in PH
Cross price elasticity = % in Qi for a given % in Pj
 Represented as ηij
i.e., the effect of a change in the price of chicken on
hamburger demand: ηHC = % in QH for a given % in PC
Income elasticity = %Qi for a given %Income
 Represented as ηiY
i.e., the effect of a change in income on hamburger
demand: ηHY = %QH for a given %PY
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Key Concepts Covered…
Arc elasticity = elasticity estimated over a range of
prices and quantities along a demand curve
Point elasticity = elasticity estimated at a point on
the demand curve
Price flexibility = reciprocal (the inverse) of the
own price elasticity
 % in Pi for a given % in Qi
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Own Price Elasticity
of Demand
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Own Price Elasticity of Demand
Own price
elasticity of
demand
Percentage change in quantity demanded (Q)
ηii =
Percentage change in its own price (P)
\$
Point Elasticity Approach:
Own price
Q
elasticity of 
Qa
demand
% Δ in Q
Q = (Qa – Qb)
P = (Pa – Pb)
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P
Pa
% Δ in P

 Q Pa
P Q a
Single point
on curve
Pa
Pb
Qa Qb
Q
 The subscript
• a stands for after price change
• b stands for before price change
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Own Price Elasticity of Demand
Own price
Percentage change in quantity
elasticity of ηii =Percentage change in own price
demand
Pa
Arc Elasticity Approach:
Own price
Q
elasticity of 
Q
demand
P
P
where:
Avg Price
P = (Pa + Pb) 2
Q = (Qa + Qb) 2
Avg Quantity
Q = (Qa – Qb)
P = (Pa – Pb)
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
\$
Specific range
on curve
P
Q P
Pb
P Q
Equation 5.3
Q
Qa Qb
Q
 The subscript
• a stands for after price change
• b stands for before price change
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Interpreting the Own Price
Elasticity of Demand
If Elasticity
Measure is:
Demand is said
to be:
% in
Quantity is:
Less than
–1.0
Elastic
Greater than
% in Price
Equal to
–1.0
Unitary
Elastic
Same as % in
Price
Inelastic
Less than %
in Price
Greater than
–1.0
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Note: The %Δ in Q is in terms of the absolute value
of the change
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Own Price Elasticity of Demand
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Own Price Elasticity of Demand
What does a own-price elasticity of -2.25
mean?
 For a 10% increase in price we get a
22.5% decrease in quantity purchase
 Example of an elastic demand with respect to
own-price changes
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Own Price Elasticity of Demand
ηii = -0.2 to -0.3
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Own Price Elasticity of Demand
Why is ηii a unit free measure?
 Why do we get the same value regardless if the
quantity is measured in tons versus pounds?
 Example of Soybean Meal
Qb = 2.25 tons Pb = \$350/ton Qa = 2.50 tons Pa = \$300/ton
ton s
ηSS


 2 .5 0 ton s
 \$3 00 / ton
2.50 ton s
0.25 ton s
2.50 ton s
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– 2 .25 ton s 
 0.25 


\$300 ton  2.50 
 \$50 ton
 0.10 
 
   0.60
 0.167 
 \$35 0 / ton 
\$300 / ton
  50 


300


Own Price Elasticity of Demand
Lets recalculate the above elasticity but this time
in terms of lbs.
Qb = 4,500 lbs
Qa = 5,000 lbs
lb s
η
SS

 5000 lb s
Pb = \$0.175/lb
Pa = \$0.150/lb
– 4 , 500 lb s 
5 , 000 lb s

500 lb s
5 , 000 lb s
 \$0.175 / lb 
\$0.150 / lb
 500 


\$0.150 lb
5
,
000


 \$0.025 lb
 0.10 
 
   0.60
 0.167 
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 \$0.150 / lb
  0.025 


0.150


←Same as previous value
Demand Curves Come in a
Variety of Shapes
\$
Q
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Demand Curves Come in a
Variety of Shapes
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The two extremes
Perfectly Inelastic
∆P
Perfectly Inelastic:
A price change does
not change quantity
purchased
 Can you think of a
good that would have
this characteristic?
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Perfectly Elastic
Q
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Demand Curves Come in a
Variety of Shapes
\$
Inelastic Demand
∆P
∆P
Elastic Demand
Q
∆Q
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∆Q
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Demand Curves Come in a
Variety of Shapes
\$
Elastic where (–%Q ) > % P
Unitary Elastic where (–%Q) = % P
Inelastic where (–%Q )< % P
Q
A single demand curve can exhibit
various types of own-price elasticity
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Example of Arc Own-Price Elasticity of Demand
Unitary elasticity
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–% Change in Q = % Change in P
ηii= –1.0
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Elastic demand
Inelastic demand
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Elastic Demand Curve
\$
With the price decrease from Pb to Pa
 What happens to producer revenue (or
consumer expenditures)?
Pb
Pa
0
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Qb
Qa
Q
Elastic Demand Curve
\$
Cut in
price
Pb
Pa
0
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An elastic demand curve → a
larger % ↑in quantity demanded
than the absolute value of the %
price change (a price decrease)
Q
Qb
Qa
Elastic Demand Curve
Producer revenue (TR) = price x quantity
• Revenue before the change (TRb) is Pb x Qb
\$
C
Pb
A
B
Pa
0
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Represented by the area 0PbAQb
• Revenue after the change is (TRa) is Pa x Qa
Represented by the area 0PaBQa
Qb
Qa
Q
Elastic Demand Curve
Change in revenue (∆TR) is TRa – TRb
→ ∆TR = 0PaBQa – 0PbAQb
→ ∆TR = QbDBQa – PaPbAD
\$
Red Box
C
Pb
Pa
A
D
Purple Box
 →TR ↑
 %Q ↑ is greater than %P ↓
B
 When you have elastic
demand
 ↑ in price → ↓ total
revenue (expenditures)
 ↓ in price → ↑ total
revenue (expenditures)
0
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Qb
Qa
Q
Inelastic Demand Curve
\$
Pb
Cut in
price
Pa
Results in smaller %
increase in quantity
demanded
Q
Qb Qa
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Inelastic Demand Curve
\$
With price decrease from Pb to Pa
What happens to producer revenue or
consumer expenditures)?
Pb
Pa
Q
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Qb Q a
Inelastic Demand Curve
\$
Producer revenue (TR) = price x quantity
Revenue before the change (TRb) is Pb x Qb
 Represented by the area 0PbAQb
Revenue after the change is (TRa) Pa x Qa
Pb
Pa
0
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A  Represented by the area 0PaBQa
B
Q
Qb Q a
Inelastic Demand Curve
Change in revenue (∆TR) is TRa – TRb
\$
∆TR = 0PaBQa – 0PbAQb
Purple Box
Red Box
Pa
0
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 →TR ↓
 % Q increase is less than %P decrease
A
Pb
B
D
 When you have
Q
Qb Qa
inelastic demand
 ↑ in price → ↑ total
revenue
 ↓ in price → ↓ total
revenue
Revenue Implications
Own-price
Elasticity is:
Cutting the
Price Will:
Increasing the
Price Will:
Elastic
(ηii< -1)
Unitary Elastic
(ηii= -1)
Inelastic
(-1< ηii < 0)
Increase Total
Revenue
Decrease Total
Revenue
Not Change
Revenue
Not Change
Revenue
Decrease Total Increase Total
Revenue
Revenue
Typical of Agricultural Commodities
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Elastic Demand Curve
Consumer surplus (CS)
\$
C
Pb
A
B
Pa
0
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Before price cut CS is area PbCA
After the price cut CS is area PaCB
Qb
Qa
Q
Elastic Demand Curve
\$
C
Pb
The gain in consumer surplus
A
B
Pa
0
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after the price cut is area
PaPbAB = PaCB – PbCA
Q
Qb
Qa
Inelastic Demand Curve
\$
Inelastic demand and
price decrease
Pb
Pa
0
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Consumer surplus increases
by area PaPbAB
A
B
Q
Q b Qa
Retail Own Price Elasticities
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Beef and veal= -0.62
Pork = -0.73
Fluid Milk = -0.26
Wheat = -0.11
Rice = -0.15
Carrots = -0.04
Non food = -0.99
Source: Huang, (1985)
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Interpretation
Let’s use rice as an example
Previous Table: own price elasticity of –0.15
→ If the price of rice drops by 10%, the quantity
of rice demanded will increase by 1.5%
\$
Pb
10% drop
1.5% increase
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Demand
Curve
With a price drop
 What is the impact on rice
producer revenues?
 What is the impact on
consumer surplus from rice
consumption?
A
Pa
B
0
Q B Qa
Q
Own Price Elasticity Example
1. The local Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet typically
sells 1,500 Crunchy Chicken platters per month at
\$3.50 each
2. The own price elasticity for the platter is estimated
to be –0.30
Inelastic demand
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3. If the KFC outlet increases the price of the platter
to \$4.00:
a. How many platters will the KFC outlet sell
after the price change?__________
b. The KFC outlet’s revenue will change by
\$__________
c. Will consumers be worse or better off as a
result of this price change?_________
1. The local KFCsells 1,500 crunchy chicken platters per
month at \$3.50 each. The own price elasticity for this
platter is estimated to be –0.30. If the local KFC outlet
increases the price of the platter by 50¢:
a. How many platters will the chicken sell? 1,440
Solution:
-0.30 = %Q%P
P
Avg. Price
-0.30= %Q[(\$4.00-\$3.50) ((\$4.00+\$3.50) 2)]
%P
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-0.30= %Q[\$0.50\$3.75]
-0.30= %Q0.1333
→ %Q=(-0.30 × 0.1333) = -0.04 or –4%
→ New quantity = (1–0.04)×1,500 = 0.96×1,500 = 1,440
b. The Chicken’s revenue will change by +\$510
Solution:
Current revenue = 1,500 × \$3.50 = \$5,250/month
New revenue = 1,440 × \$4.00 = \$5,760/month
→revenue increases by \$510/month =
\$5,760 - \$5,250
c. Consumers will be __worse___ off as a result of
this price change
Why? Because price has increased
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Another Example
1. The local KFC outlet sells 1,500 crunchy chicken
platters/month when their price was \$3.50. The own
price elasticity for this platter is estimated to be
–1.30. If the KFC increases the platter price by 50¢:
Elastic demand
a. How many platters will the chicken
sell?__________
b. The Chicken’s revenue will change by
\$__________
c. Will the consumers be worse or better off as a
result of this price change?
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1. The local KFC outlet sells 1,500 crunchy chicken
platters/month when the price is \$3.50 . The own price
elasticity for this platter is estimated to be
–1.30. If the KFC increases the platter price by 50¢:
a. How many platters will the KFC outlet sell? 1,240
Solution:
-1.30 = %Q%P
-1.30= %Q[(\$4.00-\$3.50) ((\$4.00+\$3.50) 2)]
-1.30= %Q[\$0.50\$3.75]
-1.30= %Q0.1333
%Q=(-1.30 × 0.1333) = -0.1733 or –17.33%
→ New quantity = (1 ̶ 0.1733)×1,500 = 0.8267 ×1,500
= 1,240
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1. b. The Chicken’s revenue will change by –\$290
Solution:
Current revenue = 1,500 × \$3.50 = \$5,250/mo
New revenue = 1,240 × \$4.00 = \$4,960/mo
→Revenue decreases by \$290/mo = (\$4,960 –
\$5,250)
c. Consumers will be worse off as a result of this
price change
Why? Because the price increased.
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Income Elasticity
of Demand
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Income Elasticity of Demand
Income
Percentage change in quantity demanded (Q)
elasticity of ηY =
Percentage change in income (I)
demand
Q I Q I
ηy 

Q
I
I Q
where:
ηY : A quantitative measure of
I = (Ia + Ib) 2
changes or shifts in quantity
Q = (Qa + Qb) 2
demanded (ΔQ) resulting from
Q = (Qa – Qb)
changes in consumer income (I)
I = (I – I )
a
b
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Interpreting the Income
Elasticity of Demand
When the income
elasticity is:
The good is classified as:
Greater than 0.0
A normal good
Greater than 1.0
A luxury (and a normal)
good
Less than 1.0 but
greater than 0.0
A necessity (and a
normal) good
Less than 0.0
An inferior good
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Example
Assume Federal income taxes are cut
and disposable income (i.e., income fter
taxes) is increased by 5%
Assume the chicken income elasticity of
demand is estimated to be 0.3645
What impact would this tax cut have
upon the demand for chicken?
 Is chicken a normal or an inferior good?
Why?
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1. Assume the government cuts taxes, thereby
increasing disposable income (I) by 5%. The income
elasticity for chicken is 0.3645.
a. What impact would this tax cut have upon the
demand for chicken?
Solution:
0.3645 = %QChicken  % I
→ 0.3645 = %QChicken  .05
→%QChicken = .3645 .05 = .018 or + 1.8%
b. Chicken is a normal but not a luxury good since the
income elasticity is > 0 and < 1.0
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Cross Price Elasticity
of Demand
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Cross Price Elasticity of Demand
Cross Price
Percentage change in quantity demanded
elasticity of ηij =
Percentage change in another good’s price
demand
Pj
Q i Pj
Q i
i and j are goods
η ij 

(i.e., apples,
Qi
Pj
Pj Q i
where:
oranges, peaches)
Pj = (Pja + Pjb) 2
Qi = (Qia + Qib) 2
Qi = (Qia – Qib)
Pj = (Pja – Pjb)
ηij provides a quantitative measure
of the impacts of changes or shifts in
the demand curve as the price of
other goods change
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Cross Price Elasticity of Demand
If commodities i & j are substitutes (ηij > 0):
Pi↑→Qi↓, Qj↑
i.e., strawberries vs. blueberries, peaches vs.
oranges
If commodities i & j are complements (ηij < 0):
Pi↑→Qi↓, Qj↓
i.e., peanut butter and jelly, ground beef and
hamburger buns
If commodities i & j are independent (ηi j= 0):
Pi↑→Qi↓, Qj is not impacted
i.e., peanut butter and Miller Lite
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Interpreting the Cross Price
Elasticity of Demand
If the Cross-Price
Elasticity is:
Positive
The Good is
Classified as a:
Substitute
Negative
Complement
Zero
Independent
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Some Examples
Quantity
Changing
Prego
Ragu
Hunt’s
Values in red along
the diagonal are own
price elasticities
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Price That is Changing
Prego
Ragu
Hunt’s
-2.550
0.810
0.392
0.510
-2.061
0.138
1.029
0.535
-2.754
Off diagonal values are all positive
→ These products are substitutes
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Some Examples
Spaghetti
Sauce
Prego
Ragu
Hunt’s
Prego
-2.550
0.510
1.029
Price Change
Ragu
0.810
-2.061
0.535
Hunt’s
0.392
0.138
-2.754
Note: An increase in Ragu spaghetti sauce price
has a bigger impact on Hunt’s spaghetti
sauce demand (ηRH = 0.535) than an increase
in Hunt’s spaghetti sauce price on Ragu
demand (ηHR = 0.138)
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Some Examples
Spaghetti
Sauce
Prego
Ragu
Hunt’s
Prego
-2.550
0.510
1.029
Price Change
Ragu
0.810
-2.061
0.535
Hunt’s
0.392
0.138
-2.754
A 10% increase in Ragu spaghetti sauce
price increases the demand for Hunt’s
spaghetti sauce by 5.35%
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Some Examples
Spaghetti
Sauce
Prego
Ragu
Hunt’s
Prego
-2.550
0.510
1.029
Price Change
Ragu
0.810
-2.061
0.535
Hunt’s
0.392
0.138
-2.754
A 10% increase in Hunt’s spaghetti
sauce price increases Ragu spaghetti
sauce demand by 1.38%
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Example
1. The cross price elasticity for hamburger demand
with respect to the price of hamburger buns is
equal to –0.60
a. If the price of hamburger buns rises by 5%,
what impact will that have on hamburger
consumption?
b. What is the demand relationship between these
products?
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1. The cross price elasticity for hamburger demand
with respect to the price of hamburger buns is
equal to –0.60
a. If the price of hamburger buns rises by 5%,
what impact will that have on hamburger
consumption? -3.0%
Solution:
-0.60 = %QH  %PHB
-0.60 = %QH  .05
%QH = .05  (-.60) = -.03 or – 3.0%
b. What is the demand relationship between these
products?
These two products are complements as
evidenced by the negative sign on the associated
cross price elasticity
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Another Example
2. Assume a retailer:
i) Sells 1,000 six-packs of Pepsi/day at a price of
\$3.00 per six-pack
ii) The cross price elasticity for Pepsi with respect
to Coca Cola price is 0.70
a. If the price of Coca Cola rises by 5%, what impact
will that have on Pepsi sales?
b. What is the demand relationship between these
products?
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a. If the price of Coca Cola rises by 5%, what impact
will that have on Pepsi consumption?
Solution:
.70 = %QPepsi  %PCoke
.70 = %QPepsi  .05 = .035 or 3.5%
New quantity of Pepsi sold = 1,000  1.035 =
1,035 six-packs, 35 additional six packs
New value of sales = 1,035  \$3.00 = \$3,105 or
\$105/day extra
b. What is the demand relationship between these
products?
The products are substitutes as evidenced by the
positive sign on this cross price elasticity
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Price Flexibility
of Demand
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Price Flexibility
 The price flexibility is the reciprocal (inverse) of the
own-price elasticity
• If the calculated elasticty is - 0.25, then the
flexibility = 1/(-0.25) = - 4.0
 Price Flexibility interpretation:
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%∆P ÷ %∆Q
Price Flexibility
 This is a useful concept to producers when forming
expectations for the current year
• i.e., Assume USDA projects an additional 2% of
supply will likely come on the market
• Given above price flexibility then producers know
the price will likely drop by 8%, or:
%Price = - 4.0 x %Quantity
= - 4.0 x (+2%)
= - 8%
→If supply ↑ by 2%,
price would ↓ by 8%
Note: make sure you use the negative sign for both the
elasticity and the flexibility.
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Revenue Implications
Own-Price Resulting Increase in Decrease in
Elasticity Price
Supply Will Supply Will
Flexibility
Increase
Decrease
Elastic
< -1.0
Revenue
Revenue
Unitary
elastic
Inelastic
Not Change Not Change
Revenue
Rrevenue
Increase
Between 0 Decrease
Revenue
Revenue
and -1.0
= -1.0
Characteristic of a large number
of agricultural commodities
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Changing Price Response Over Time
Short run effects
Long run effects
 Over time consumers respond in greater
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numbers
 This is referred to as a recognition lag
 With increasing time, price elasticities tend
to increase → flatter demand curve
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Implications of Agriculture’s
Inelastic Demand Curve
\$
Pb
A
agricultural product prices
to ↓ sharply
 Explains why major
Federal government
subsidies
Pa
Increase in
supply
0
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 Small ↑ in supply will cause
Q
Qb Q a
Inelastic Demand Curve
Price
Pb
Pa
0
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A
B
Qb Qa
While this ↑ the costs of
government programs
and hence budget deficits,
remember consumers
benefit from cheaper food
costs.
Quantity
Demand Characteristics
Which market is riskier for
producers…elastic or inelastic demand?
Which market would you start a business
in?
Which market is more apt to need
government subsidies to stabilize producer
incomes?
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The Market Demand Curve
Price
What causes movement
along a demand curve?
Quantity
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The Market Demand Curve
Price
What causes the demand
curve to shift?
Quantity
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In Summary…
Know how to interpret all three elasticities
Know how to interpret a price flexibility
Understand revenue implications for
producers if prices are cut (raised)
Understand the welfare implications for
consumers if prices are cut (raised)
Know what causes movement along versus
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shifts the demand curve
Chapter 6 starts a series of
chapters that culminates in a
market supply curve for food
and fiber products….
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