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Question from last year’s final … Smith and Jones comprise a two-person economy. Their hourly rates of production are shown below. The opportunity cost of an extra calculator for Smith is __________ and for Jones it is __________. A).10 computers;.05 computers B) 10 computers; 6 computers C) 1 computer;.5 computers D).6 computers; 1.2 computers E).05 computers;.10 computers
Who has the comparative advantage? FLATTER HORIZONTAL. Given two producers with PPC’s of different slopes, the producer with the FLATTER curve has the comparative advantage in the good measured along the HORIZONTAL.
Fuel Efficiency Standards Should they be legislated? Winners? Losers? Any alternative?
2. In the long- run if the production of all goods increases for a society (there is a economic growth), it will cause the production possibility curve to A)shift inward B)shift outward C)first shift inward and then shift outward D)stay the same E)none of the above
Supply, Demand and Market Equilibrium
Competitive Market Lots of buyers and sellers dealing in identical goods, and enjoying well-defined property rights.
Law of Demand: P↓→Q D ↑
Market Demand as the Sum of Individual Demands
Shifts in the Demand Curve
Shift Factors for Demand 1.Income. 2.Number of buyers. 3.Prices of related goods (substitutes and complements). 4.Expectations. 5.Demographic changes. 6.Tastes/Preferences.
Shifts in the Demand Curve versus Movements along the Demand Curve
3. Which of the following will NOT cause a shift in the demand curve for Athlon processors (Pentium III processors are substitutes for Athlon processors, processors are a major part of a computer)? A)An increase in the price of memory. B)A decrease in the price of Pentium III processors. C)A decrease in the price of motherboards. D)A decrease in the price of Athlon processors. E)An increase in consumers' incomes.
When the market price for gasoline rises from $1.25 to $2.00 a gallon, the quantity demanded in the market falls insignificantly from 8 to 7 million units per week. In contrast, when the market price for tacos rises from $1.25 to $2.00, quantity demanded in the market falls significantly from 8 to 4 million units per week. Elastic and Inelastic Demand Curves $2.00 $1.25 D Taco market 1 2 3 45 6 7 8 9 $1.00 Gasoline market D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 $2.00 $1.25 $1.00 Quantity (tacos) Quantity (gasoline) Price
Market Supply as the Sum of Individual Supplies
Shifts in the Supply Curve
Shift Factors for Supply 1.Input prices. 2.Technology. 3.Weather, natural disasters & political disruptions. 4.Taxes. 5.Number of sellers. 6.Expectations.
When the market price for soft drinks increases from $1.00 to $1.50 a six-pack, the quantity supplied to the market rises from 100 to 200 million units per week. When the market price for physician services rises from $100 to $150 an office visit, the quantity supplied rises from 10 to 12 million visits per week. Elastic and Inelastic Supply Curves $200 $150 S Physician Services market 100 $100 Soft drink market S 46810 12 $2.00 $1.50 $1.00 Quantity (million visits) Quantity (million 6-packs) Price 50150 200 2161820 14
The Equilibrium of Supply and Demand
Markets Not in Equilibrium
A Three-Step Program for Analyzing Changes in Equilibrium 1.Decide whether the event shifts the supply or demand curve (or perhaps both). 2.Decide in which direction the curve shifts. 3.Use the supply-and-demand to see how the shift changes the equilibrium price and quantity.
How an Increase in Demand Affects the Equilibrium
How a Decrease in Supply Affects the Equilibrium
The Invisible Hand “ Every individual is continually exerting himself to find out the most advantageous employment for whatever capital [income] he can command. It is his own advantage, indeed, and not that of the society which he has in view. But the study of his own advantage naturally, or rather necessarily, leads him to prefer that employment which is most advantageous to society. . . . He intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention.” – Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776)