# Questions tagged [elasticity]

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

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### Can an inferior good be necessary?

Usually the definition of necessary goods is the income elasticity between 0 and 1. But can a good with -0.5 income elasticity be considered necessary? There is this link that says that all the ...
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### Is it true that for Cobb-Douglas preferences, the demand function is always iso-elastic?

As we know that $Q*P=const.$ for Cobb-Douglas preferences, we can thus conclude that $\frac{dQ/Q}{dP/P}$ is always $-1$: $$QP=const. \implies 0=d(PQ)=Q\ dP+P\ dQ \implies \frac{dQ}{Q}=-\frac{dP}{P}$$...
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### How do I determine PED from price consumption curve with slope of zero?

Given a budget for two goods $x_1$ and $x_2$, a fixed price for good 2 and three prices for good 1 with the corresponding optimal amount of good 1 ($x_1$), I like to calculate the PED for good 1. By ...
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### Without knowing the Slutsky equation and income/substitution effect, how can I show a certain good is inferior or Giffen?

Say I've got a function $x_1(p_1,p_2,m)$ where $p_1, p_2$ are the prices for good 1, good 2 respectively and m is the income. Now, I haven't heard of the Slutsky equation yet nor the income/...
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### How exactly does elasticity relate to slope?

My book (Goodwin's Microeconomics in Context, pg. 117) states the following about price-elasticity of demand: Given two demand curves that go through a specific point on graphs with the same scale, ...
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### Why are constant price elasticities reported?

Price elasticity of demand $\mathrm{e_{D,P} = \dfrac{dD}{dP}. \dfrac{P}{Q^*}}$ clearly depends on the levels of price and quantity. Then why is everywhere (research papers, textbooks etc.) a constant ...
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### Calculating elasticity for $y^2e^{x+\frac{1}{y}}=3$

I want to calculate elasticity of y with respect to x for $$y^2e^{x+\frac{1}{y}}=3$$ My attempt: I calculate $y'$ using: $$y'= -\frac{f_1'(x,y)}{f_2'(x,y)} = - \frac{y}{2-y}$$ I calculated this using ...
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### Pricing optimisation when elasticities are positives? [duplicate]

I’m performing some exercises in order to get the optimal price of some product such a potato chips, biscuits, drinks, etc. (I’m taking price per unit and sales in units) But I’ve found that some of ...
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### Optimal price when elasticity of demand is positive? [closed]

I’m performing some exercises in order to get the optimal price of some product such a potato chips, biscuits, drinks, etc. But I’ve found that some of them have positive elasticities. This can makes ...
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### Elasticity of Durable Goods vs Non-Durable Goods

Does anyone know any seminal reference (either a paper in a top economics journal or a book) that compares own-price elasticities of demand for durable vs non-durable goods? My intuition tells me ...
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### Find Price Elasticity of Demand for p = 0

Given a linear demand curve $q(p) = a - bp$, how would one find the price elasticity of demand at $p = 0$? The quantity that would be demanded is given: $Q_0 = a$ The formula for the price elasticity ...
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### Why do vacationers spend more on food and essentials than the locals?

I cannot think of an answer to this question from the chapter on elasticity in Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok's Modern Principles of Economics, Second Edition: How might elasticities explain why ...
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### Elasticity of demand

I'm reading a paper from Pindyck (1988) where $$P_t=X_t-\gamma Q_t.$$ $P_t$ is the price, $X_t$ is the demand state variable, $Q_t$ production and $\gamma\geq0$ is apparently the ''(constant) demand ...
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### Mathematical framework for modelling the relationship between price and sales of a product

In my job as a data scientist, I am required to model the relationship between the price of a product and the sales or number of unit sold. I am trying to build a simplistic model, the assumptions of ...
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### Are economic profits above normal for many firms in a perfectly-competitive increasing-cost industry?

In a perfectly-competitive constant-cost industry, all firms will have normal profits in the long run. This fact is very clear to me as the long run supply curve is perfectly elastic and hence each ...
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### why does income of executives level out in the long term after tax increases?

Marginal Revolution University has the following question in its Elasticity unit: In 1993, then President Clinton passed a law raising income taxes. This tax hike was fully expected: He campaigned on ...