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Elasticity is the measurement of how responsive an economic variable is to a change in another.

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Elasticity when the demand function is given

Given the demand function, $ q = kp^{-\epsilon} $, how do I calculate the elasticity? As a result, I do know that the elasticity when the demand function is in this form is $ - \epsilon $. But I'd ...
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How to calculate Store/Category level Price elasticity?

I would like to compare different retail stores at category level using the percentage change in the category volume produced by a uniform 1% increase in the prices of all items in the category. What ...
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How to Calculate Price Elasticity of Demand When Perfectly Elastic?

When we have perfect elasticity, the demand curve is a horizontal line and the elasticity of demand coefficient is equal to infinity. How do we arrive at a solution equal to infinity? We know that ...
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What's an example of a resource, raw material that has become scarce?

I'm interested in the elasticity price demand that predicts that as a resource becomes more scarce, it gets more expensive. Regarding oil price this isn't clear. Is there an example of a resource ...
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Exploratory analysis about elasticity

I have been asked to perform some studies about the price elasticity of demand of an online seller. The concept of elasticity used by economists are more clear to me after some research on ...
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Monthly price elasticity and possibility of using daily values

I am calculating the price elasticity as a starting point to find a theoretical optimal price that would maximize our revenue. I am looking at 2 years data and to use the price elasticity formula, I ...
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Falcons making more profit with cheaper prices: Did McCay mean 60% rather than 16%? Or is it a PR stunt? Or what?

In a recent CBS segment prefacing the SuperBowl (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRuTxJMWiTg), it is argued that by lowering the price of concession food, the Atlanta Falcons not only made their fans ...
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Price optimization with demand forecast

I have one year sales data of a retail company and lets say I am forecasting the next month sales for the product. I have got the sales using time series in R. Now I want to forecast the price as well....
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Elasticity of employment in respect of reduction of working time

If elasticity of employment in respect to working hours is positive then work time reduction decreases employment and the opposite is true if elasticity is negative? I mean if I want to see how ...
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Calculating Demand curve function from Elasticity of demand, price per quantity and quantity purchased?

For an assignment I have to model the demand function and find consumer surplus based upon elasticity of demand, price per quantity and quantity purchased. Ill copy and paste the assignment below and ...
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Demand Curve Price not perfectly elastic

I'm trying to make the argument that our Sales go up when prices for all our Products are 30% off. Which I believe should be our new Regular Price. but our Demand Curve doesn't support this. Should I ...
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Increase of price of good and effect on elasticity of demand

Price elasticity of demand of good A is 1.20. If we increase a price by 15% what will happen to quantity demanded of good A? My answer is 18% increase since % change in Q = 1.20 * %change P Is this a ...
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Should Company B enter the market in the following cases

Say Company A has a monopoly producing product E, at a constant marginal cost of $3$ USD. Say the ideal number of units produced is $1$ unit which produces a profit of $2$ USD (=$P_{A}$). Next, ...
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Is there a possibility to have an inferior good (x) in a utility function where x & y have 0 cross elasticity?

A question I got on an exam that I think I messed up on: If we have cross elasticity of 0 (x & y are independent), can x be an inferior good? I answered with a yes. Am I wrong?
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Economics elasticity question

What is the relationship between goods A and B? Calculate the relevant elasticity under the following demand function: Qd = 1200-6P+.5M-10L+4T+2R+3N (GOOD A) P = 6, M=40000, (GOOD B) L=20, T=8, R=2, N=...
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How to do elasticity modeling for products where there is slab pricing like electricity?

I have few product categories eg prod1 prod2. Each category have similar products. So prod1 has 3 similar products with slight difference in features and prod2 has 5 products with slight differences. ...
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Elasticity and logarithms

Let's consider a relationship between $ y $ and $ x $, $ y = a x^b $. Taking log on both sides, we have $$ \log y = \log a + b \log x $$ Now, my textbook, Nicholson and Snyder's Basic Principles and ...
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Supply elasticity on a piece-wise linear supply function

The supply elasticity at a point is the willingness to produce more or less after the price has changed (due to whatever reason?). $$\mu_{Q,P}=\frac{\partial Q_S/Q_S}{\partial P/P}=\frac{\partial Q_S}...
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Elasticity of substitution between leisure in two periods

This is a basic question, but I am new to macro models. The question is from Romer's text. Assume a household only has one member and has no initial wealth, and the household lives for two periods. ...
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Elasticity of Supply for a Monopolist

Is the supply of output for a monopolist less elastic than that of a perfectly competitive firm with the same production function? On one hand, it seems impossible to calculate the elasticity of ...
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primary impact on real estate prices/taxes

Are my housing prices/taxes more influenced by the $40M beach house a few miles away from my home or those in the lower-class well beyond my county line? Assuming a few basics: there are differing ...
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CES production function application problem

I'm currently trying to do some estimations using the micEconCES package in R by Henningsen/Henningsen (2011). My issue is that I am not very familiar with R and I'm trying to implement my own dataset ...
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CES function estimation

For a paper I was using the micEconCES package to estimate the CES production function for a country at the aggregate. For a two-input function with capital and labour I used for the variables the ...
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How do I calculate price elasticity of demand using historical price and quantity data?

I work for a company that produces retail items and I am tasked with calculating the price elasticity of demand for a subcategory that shall remain unnamed. I have 5 years of monthly market data that ...
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Proof for homogeneity of elasticities

Throughout microeconomic literature i see the following restiriction placed on the nature of elasticities in demand system estimation. This being for some arbitarary good $x$ we require price ...
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Price and cross price Elasticity of demand [closed]

The question is: Prove or disprove, if the price elasticity of a demand of a good is unitary then the cross price Elasticity of demand of that good is zero. Any hints on how to approach this?
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Price elasticity on comparison website. How to calculate price elasticity using the coefficient of the products position on site?

I am looking at the following paper. Glenn Ellison & Sara Fisher Ellison, 2009. "Search, Obfuscation, and Price Elasticities on the Internet," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 77(2), pages ...
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Cross price elasticity of demand vs Price elasticity of demand

Is the cross price elasticity of demand between two goods always lower in magnitude than the price elasticities of demand of each good?
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Income Elasticity and Convexity of Demand in Income

What needs to be true about the demand function $z(y)$, where $y$ is income, for the income elasticity $\varepsilon = \frac{dz(y)}{dy}/\frac{z(y)}{y}$ to be always greater than one (so that the good ...
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Demand Elasticity, Factor Substitution: Independent?

Given $ Y=f(K,L;\sigma) $, the effect on labor from a change in the price of capital can be gauged through a substitution effect and a scale effect: \begin{align*} \frac{\partial L}{\partial r} & ...
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Elasticity of Substitution between 2 factors, without knowing relative prices

I'm trying to figure out the elasticity of substitution between input $s$ and input $v$. I know that the marginal rate of substitution between these two inputs are $\frac{v^2}{s(v+k)}$, where $k$ is ...
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How does elasticity impact market efficiency?

I am wondering how the price elasticity of demand (or supply) impacts market efficiency. A more specific question - can we say that in a monopolized market elasticity will be low, and that in a ...
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Monopoly equilibrium with a completely inelastic demand [closed]

What is the impact of an inelastic demand function on a monopoly production and pricing strategy ? Theory states, that a monopoly will strive to maximize its profits, by arriving to a point where the ...
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Using an elasticity to evaluate changes in a dependent variable

Often in textbooks and online I see thte definition of an elasticity to be as follows: 1) $\epsilon = \frac{\frac{\Delta Y}{Y}}{\frac{\Delta X}{X}}= \frac{\partial \log Y}{\partial \log X}$ Thus, ...
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Low capitalist savings rates [closed]

Negative capitalist savings rate in the 30s, does this refute stimulus
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Elasticity of subsitution: a redundant calculation?

Elasticity of subsitution is a measure of the curvature of an isoquant1 and can provide us information regarding the nature of the production functions we are dealing with. this is visualized in ...
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Elasticity of demand equals -1 but income decreases!

In my textbook, it's stated that: When $\epsilon < -1$, demand is elastic and raising price will result in smaller income, while lowering price will result in bigger income. When $\epsilon =...
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Unitary Elastic Demand

My teacher defined Unitary elastic demand as demand which has $PED = (-)1$ . The formula I have been told for $PED$ is $\%\Delta Q_d /\% \Delta P$. But how can total revenue $( = P\times Q)$ remain ...
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Conducting an experiment to calculate empirical elasticity with very small price changes

Let's say I want to conduct an experiment where I randomly vary the price of a product up or down by a small amount. Let's say I want to understand the price elasticity of demand for online shoppers ...
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PED and change in revenue

Ok so I was arguing with my teacher about this one question: Based on the price elasticity of demand coefficient determine whether the price should be increased or decreased for revenue to increase. ...
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Inferior and normal good and the change in price of those goods

In general, We know that if a good is normal, then as your income increases, then demand of that good increases as well as price is fixed. Similarly, if a good is inferior, then as your income ...
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Elasticity of substitution meaning

If I computed an elasticity of substitution of f.e. 0.9 between capital and labour, does this implicate that the factors are rather well substitutable or not? Since for 0 they are perfect complements ...
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Finding “own” price elasticity of demand

Only two groups buy the Dripfix, abbreviated as good $D$. Group 1's demand function for the Dripfix is $f_1 (p_D)=300-p_D$, where $p_D$ is the price of Dripfix. Group 2's demand function is $f_2(p_D)=...
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Marshallian demand curve elasticities [closed]

I am stuck on a multiple choice question that came up on a Micro university past papers. The question is: Marshallian demand curves derived from utility function: $U = log(x) + log (y)$. What is ...
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Raising the elasticity of substitution in an economy

Papers such as de la Grandville (1989) and Klump/de la Grandville (2000) have shown that a higher elasticity of substitution leads to higher economic growth. My question is, if there is a way to ...
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How to interpret Employment Elasticity in this text?

In this VoxEU text, «Promising ideas for future research on the employment effects of minimum wages », how do I interpret the elasticity of employment? I would think of it as percentual change in ...
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If one always spends the same amount, what's one's price elasticity of demand?

Source: p 109, Question 5.9, Principles of Microeconomics, 7 Ed, 2014, by N Gregory Mankiw = Question 5.7, Principles of Microeconomics, 4 Ed, 2008, by N Gregory Mankiw 9. $\color{green } { \text { ...
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How does price-elasticity of supply affect the incidence of tax on consumer and producer

From what I've read only price-elasticity of demand (PED) (not price-elasticity of supply (PES)) affects the burden of tax on the consumer/producer. However, my graphs suggest PES does affect it. Why ...
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Monopoly - Where is the Markup formula derived from?

Problem: My lecturer wrote the marginal revenue formula before writing the markup formula, indicating some sort of similarity between the two. How it was written on the board: Market Power ...
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How much does one percent of unemployment 'cost'? (Unemployment elasticity)

There is always debate that increasing minimum salary will pour in more money into the budget as those who get minimum salary will spend them immediately. The counter argument is that increasing ...