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Lectures in Microeconomics-Charles W. Upton Demand Functions and Demand Shifters

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Demand Shifters P D Q D*

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Changes In Income P D D* An increase in income shifts demand for a superior good to the right. Q

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Changes In Income P D D* A rise in income shifts the demand for an inferior good to the left Q

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Changes In Income P D D* A rise in income shifts the demand for an inferior good to the left Q The infallible guaranteed test to tell whether a good is superior or inferior: If a rise in income increases demand, it is superior If a rise in income decreases demand, it is inferior

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters The Demand for Paper Plates Most people think of paper plates as an inferior good, and perhaps they are technically.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters The Demand for Paper Plates Most people think of paper plates as an inferior good, and perhaps they are technically. But an inferior good is simply one whose demand falls with income.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters The Demand for Paper Plates Most people think of paper plates as an inferior good, and perhaps they are technically. But an inferior good is simply one whose demand falls with income. Are paper plates an inferior good? Read on.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters The Demand for Paper Plates P D Q

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters The Demand for Paper Plates P D D* More income means more picnics and more paper plates demanded. Q

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters The Demand for Paper Plates P D D* More income means more picnics and more paper plates demanded. Q D** With enough income, we switch to china for the picnics and let the butler handle them

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters To summarize: A good is superior or inferior if, and only if, demand increases or decreases as income rises.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters To summarize: A good is superior or inferior if, and only if, demand increases or decreases as income rises. This is a question of fact. Technical superiority or inferiority is not an issue.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters To summarize: A good is superior or inferior if, and only if, demand increases or decreases as income rises. This is a question of fact. Technical superiority or inferiority is not an issue. Goods can be superior and then, as income rises enough, become inferior again.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Complements and Substitutes The demand for a product depends on the price of other goods.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Complements and Substitutes The demand for a product depends on the price of other goods. A rise in the price of a substitute shifts the demand function to the right.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Complements and Substitutes The demand for a product depends on the price of other goods. A rise in the price of a substitute shifts the demand function to the right. A rise in the price of a complement shifts the demand function to the left.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Substitution Illustrated Demand for Coca Cola® P Q

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Substitution Illustrated Demand for Coca Cola® P Q When the price of Pepsi® rises, the demand for Coca Cola rises New Demand

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Complimentary Illustrated Demand for Automobiles P Q

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Complimentary Illustrated Demand for Automobiles P Q New Demand When gas prices fall, the demand for automobiles rises

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Summarizing the effects When the Price of a Substitute Rises Demand Rises (Shifts to the Right)

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Summarizing the effects When the Price of a Substitute Falls Demand Falls (Shifts to the Left)

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Summarizing the effects When the Price of a Complement Rises Demand Falls (Shifts to the Left)

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Summarizing the effects When the Price of a Complement Falls Demand Rises (Shifts to the Right)

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters A basic mistake Do not confuse increases or decreases in demand with movements along the demand function.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters A basic mistake Do not confuse increases or decreases in demand with movements along the demand function. When the price of a good changes, there is a movement along the demand function. There is no change in demand.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters A basic mistake Do not confuse increases or decreases in demand with movements along the demand function. When the price of a good changes, there is a movement along the demand function. There is no change in demand. When the price of a substitute or complement changes, there is a change in demand.

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Complement or Substitute? When an increase in the price of another good causes Demand to Fall You have a Complement

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Complement or Substitute? When an increase in the price of another good causes Demand to Rise You have a Substitute

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Complement or Substitute? When an decrease in the price of another good causes Demand to Rise You have a Complement

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters Complement or Substitute? When an decrease in the price of another good causes Demand to Fall You have a Substitute

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Demand Functions and Demand Shifters End ©2003 Charles W. Upton

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