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

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Why two goods are of different types of Cross Elasticity if we swap them in formula?

I am using this formula for calculating Cross elasticity of demand: $ E_{XY}^D = \Large\frac{(Q_2^X - Q_1^X)(P_2^Y + P_1^Y)}{(Q_2^X + Q_1^X)(P_2^Y - P_1^Y)} $ If $E_{XY}^D$ > 0 Then goods X and Y ...
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Electricity as inelastic good

Could be electricity considered as an inelastic good? I am interested in the electricity delivered to final consumers in member countries of Nordpool Spot (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, ...
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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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Intuition: Difference in price elasticities of demand due to different bases

Source: pp 91-92, Principles of Microeconomics, 7 Ed, 2014, by N Gregory Mankiw If you try calculating the price elasticity of demand between two points on a demand curve, you will quickly ...
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Suitable terminology for the inverse elasticity?

In many microeconomic applications (e.g. monopoly price-setting) the inverse elasticity appears. Explaining such relations to laymen is often awkward because inverse proportionality is not as ...
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How does economics cope with production processes that have large lumpy investment requirements?

If seems that all equations (e.g. Price elasticity of supply ) assume that there is a marginal cost of production that is nicely related to the level of output. But clearly you can’t buy half a new ...
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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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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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Production in the long run - calculating wage and rental elasticity of demand

I have data for a business firm for two periods. The data include: output (Q), capital (K), labor (L), wage (W) and the rental rate of capital (R). Here they are: ...
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Does unit elasticity has to be at exactly the middle of the demand curve?

Can unit elasticity be anywhere else on the demand curve other than the midpoint?
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Effect of a good's inputs on elasticity of supply

I am trying the answer the question: If a good is produced using inputs for which there are no substitutes, the good's A. Elasticity of supply is likely to be small B. Elasticity of ...
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Why is perfect price inelasticity of demand not considered an exception to the law of demand?

Assume a case of perfect price inelasticity of demand. In such a case, PED = 0 The quantity demanded does not respond to changes in price, i.e. it remains constant, even when price increases ...
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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 to estimate empirically a demand curve

Suppose I have a small business that sell ice creams. An Icecream cost 2$, and every day I have different values of sales. ...
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Piketty's explanation of elasticity of substitution (from his book Capital in the 21st century)

I have some trouble following the explanation of the elasticity of substitution between capital and labor and its implications on p189. Take this part: The relevant question is whether the elasticity ...
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Constant Elasticity of Substitution (non-special cases)

I am trying to better understand the CES function: $$Y_{t}=C\left[\pi\left(A_{t}^{K} K_{t}\right)^{\frac{\sigma-1}{\sigma}}+(1-\pi)\left(A_{t}^{L} L_{t}\right)^{\frac{\sigma-1}{\sigma}}\right]^{\frac{...
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Why does price elasticity of demand formula work?

Hi there, I understand how to use the price elasticity of demand formula (mid-point method), shown in the picture above. However, I'm not too sure why exactly it works. Why are dividing the change ...
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Confidence Intervals for Elasticity in Simple Linear Regression

I'm pretty sure this is a very simple question that I am missing something obvious. I have a simple linear regression with multiple independent variables. I want to calculate the elasticity (no ...
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Calculating Price Elasticity of Demand

Hi I was given the following price vs quantity values. ...
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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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How to interpret income elasticity of demand

My question: Income elasticity of demand for apple is $\gamma$. Cross elasticity of demand between apple quantity and orange price is $\psi$, What is the impact on apple's revenue if consumers'...
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Intuition: Can someone explain me this contradiction please?

(This is about price elasticity of demand) Both figures are demand curves. In figure 1, the curve includes both high elasticity (|E|>1) and low elasticity (|E|<1) but in figure 2, the curve is ...
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Why is elasticity not constant on a straight line graph?

There are different zones of elasticity on a graph, but if we are to imagine a negatively sloped, straight line on a price v quantity graph, we find that elasticity differs based on where we look on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Change in price and income using the Slutsky equation

Quantity bought is given by $$ q(m,p) = 0.02 m - 2 p $$ where $q$ is number of bottles bought, $m$ is income and $p$ is price per bottle. If income is $m = 7500$ and price is $p = 30$, the number of ...
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How does Perfect Elasticity imply infinite quantity for any higher price?

I reference Principles of Microeconomics, 7 Ed, 2014, by NG Mankiw. The graph above is from p 100. [p 99:] ...supply is perfectly elastic. This occurs as the price elasticity of supply approaches ...
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How does one do a hypothesis test for elasticity?

Given the regression output $$\widehat{\ln cons} = \underset{(0.6018)}{0.4054} + \underset{(0.0744)}{1.2739}\, \ln m - \underset{(0.1902)}{0.6666}\, \ln p_1 -\underset{(0.2645)}{1.6146}\, \ln p_2$$ ...
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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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Elasticity with perfectly inelastic / elastic demand

When a change in price results in an infinitely large response in quantity demanded, demand is perfectly elastic. The perfectly elastic demand curve is horizontal. At price P, consumers will buy a ...
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Am I using quantity and price correctly in trying to calculate price elasticity of supply?

The problem I am considering involves a firm that is a price-taker and sells its good at price $p$. From the production function, I calculated the cost function and the profit-maximizing level of ...
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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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Addressing endogenity in price elasticity and the Promotion Optimization Problem

I have data on purchases gross prices discounts (like coupons) net prices (i.e. gross price - discounts) number of leads (potential customers at any given time) conversion rates (# purchases / # ...
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Empirical set-up for measuring elasticity with respect to quality in an environment without price

I want to answer the broad question: In the absence of prices, how are decisions made? I have data on the determinants of market share in an environment without prices. So, imagine, person A chooses ...
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Price elasticity of demand in the point of economic equilibrium

The function of demand is:\begin{align*} D(p) = 66-3p-p^2 \\\end{align*} The function of supply is: \begin{align*}S(p) = 4p^2+8p-114\\ \end{align*} The task is to find price elasticity of demand in ...
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Find quantity from price elasticity

I have $P_1 = 24$, $Q_1 = 800000$, $P_2 = 32$ and price elasticity $e = -8$ and need to find the function $P(Q)$. I guess I need to find $Q_2$ by $$ \frac{(Q_2-Q_1)/Q_1}{-(P_2-P_1)/P_1} = -8 \...
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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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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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Oligopoly kinked demand graph doesn't make a sense to me

Hello, so in class I learned about the kinked demand curve in oligopoly. Our teacher said that under the sticky price, the demand is inelastic. However, I don't understand how the demand can be ...
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Verifying the constant elasticity of the demand model Q= aP^b

"It is well known" that the elasticity of $Q$ relative to $P$ is the constant $b$ in the equation $Q(P)=aP^b$. We can verify it using the convenient definition of elasticity $= \frac{dQ}{dP} \frac{P}{...
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Are these two derivatives the same with regards to TR?

Given that Marginal Revenue is change in Total Revenue: TR = P*Q P = f(Q) TR = f(Q) * Q MR = dTR/ dQ Or ...
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Price Elasticity of Demand - elastic demand and impact of price reductions on total revenue

A question in relation to Price Elasticity of Demand. My understanding is that when demand is elastic, a price reduction will increase total revenue. If the price of a product changes from \$100 to \...
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How do you use a Log-linear model when you have negative Xs?

I am trying to us a Log-linear model to derive an elasticity. However, some of my Xs are negative numbers. Being as the model relies on the natural log of the Ys and the Xs, how can this model work ...
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If $X$ is a Giffen good then $Y$ must be a normal good

While going through some problems as part of self-study I encountered the following True/False question: Q. Steven only consumes two goods: $X$ and $Y$. If $X$ is a Giffen good for Steven, then $Y$ ...
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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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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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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}...