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Why do prices of consumer products seem to rise independent of their supply?

For example, in my country, the price of coconuts steadily rises, despite the fact that we still have plenty of coconuts. The same with vegetables. Is this caused primarily by an increase in the cost ...
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Optimal commodity taxation - solving for the optimal tax rates?

I need to solve for optimal tax rates for two products. In my model there are N identical households that maximize their utility function subject to a budget ...
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What is the reasoning behind the sharp fall of oil prices starting in mid 2014?

Things I have considered: Poor economic conditions around the world could have caused an unpredicted decrease in demand. The resulting surplus has begun driving prices down. This could be ...
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Usage of natural gas in 1970 (where was the demand elasticity?)

The following historical graph of US Marketable Natural Gas volume has me puzzled: How was the gas used in 1970 (a peak production period), given that we would seem to be using a lot more gas now? ...
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What benefits do OPEC countries obtain by cutting oil supply?

It is unclear to a economic novice like me why OPEC is not cutting down production and raising oil prices. I have read several journalists commenting upon this on the internet but perhaps an economist ...
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What is the impact of fracking on oil prices?

I read an article about the recent fall of gas prices in the US claiming that the fall in gas prices was due to the expansion of fracking within the US. The article said that, over the past few ...

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