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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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Income Elasticity of Demand vs. shift in demand curve

I've just read an econ textbook and want to verify a statement/definition about income elasticity of demand. Changes in income shift the demand curve, and we can measure the responsiveness of demand ...
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Price elasticity and optimal pricing in a monopoly with zero marginal cost

I am having trouble understanding how to calculate the optimal price P for a good and understand the optimal price elasticity of demand in the following condition: The firm is a monopoly seeking to ...
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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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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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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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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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Is the law of demand violated in the case of perfectly elastic demand?

In the case of a perfectly elastic demand curve, when price rises the consumer is said to demand 0 units of the said commodity. However, graphically, even when price falls demand falls to 0. This ...
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Interpreting wedge between MP and wage

I am an econ master student and I need a bit of help understanding an issue, for my thesis. I have two related questions. Assume a firm producing a good with labor and capital, $Y=F(L,\bar K)$. ...
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Intuition behind Engel Aggregation and Cournot Aggregation

Could anyone provide a possibly intuitive and friendly explanation to the Engel Aggregation $(\sum s_i \eta_i = 1)$ and Cournot Aggregation$(\sum s_i \epsilon_{ij} = -s_j)$? Here, $s_i = \frac{p_i,x_i}...
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Interpretation: Elasticitity of Substitution [closed]

I have this production function: $$P(x_1,x_2)=x_1+x_1*x_2$$ I am trying to find the elasticity of substitution, and I found this: $$\sigma = -\frac{d \ln (\frac{x_2}{x_1})}{d \ln(\frac{x_1}{1+x_2})}...
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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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Why are the formulas for price elasticity of supply and demand the same in intro microeconomics?

I get that they are both gauging responsiveness, but I don't particularly understand why they are the same formula.
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What's the term for elastic pricing?

What I've called "elastic pricing", has a true economics name that I believe I once heard. Here's the notion: I walked into a gas station to buy a fountain drink. I only brought a dollar with me, but ...
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How are elasticity of demand, marginal revenue, and total revenue connected?

I am completely new to economics, and am looking at some old exam papers. The question is as following: "In a normal marked, where there is a negative correlation between quantity and price, which of ...
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Elasticity, link between demand and supply

I have a exercise with the corresponding answer, but i don't get it: Suppose there's a better wheather this year and the size of the harvest of soy increased a 60%. The demand curve for soy did not ...
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Elasticities and exponents

Given the following 3 equations: $$ Y^*_t=100+3t \\ Y_t = Y_t^* (1+(0.2 (\sin t)) \\ B_t=B_t^* (1+(0.4 (\sin t)) \\ $$ And take B* to be the following, but is unknown: $$ B_t^*= \alpha Y_t^* \\ $$ I'...
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Why is the Market-Clearing Price also an Equilibrium Price?

When the price is such that supply equals demand for e.g. bicycles, everybody who wants to buy a bike at that price gets one, and every bike gets sold. Everybody goes home happy and the marketplace ...
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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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Link between elasticity and marginal utility

The above is taken from "Economics" 8th Edition by John Sloman, a textbook commonly used at the introductory undergraduate level. I would like assistance in understanding the bracketed portion - how ...
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Clarification about demand elasticity and monopoly

I am having a difficulty understanding certain things about elasticity and would like to clarify them. What I understand. Elasticity is the percent change in quantity due to a percent change in price,...
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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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price elasticity: Linear regression low r square

I faced an interview question for a job where interviewer asked me suppose your r square is very low (between 5 to 10%) for a price elasticity model. How would you solve this question? Anything that ...
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How to maximize revenue by changing price?

I run a SaaS and I have the following data from it: Number of trials (A), number of subscribers (B), subscribe cost (C) and total revenue (D) for every type of service my SaaS provide. If I increase (...
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Explanation of differential equation for Price Elasticity of Demand

I understand that Price Elasticity of Demand (PED) measures the percentage change in quantity demanded of a good with respect to a percentage change in its price. However, I don't quite understand ...
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Does this price elasticity depend on p?

I'm studying for a test I have this week and a practice question asks whether or not the price elasticity of demand for the demand function $\ q = Ap^{-x} $, where A and x are positive constants ...
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Help with CES Utility Function exercise

I am attempting to solve the following CES Utility Function problem: However, I am running into issues when I get to 3). For 1) I have $K = \left(\frac{\omega p_1}{p_2}\right)^{\frac{1}{p+1}}$ ...