127. Advanced Analysis

Currently, at a price of $1 each, 100 popsicles are sold per day in the perpetually hot town of Rostin. Consider the elasticity of supply. In the short, run, a price increase from $1 to 42 is unit-elastic

(E, +1.0). So how many popsicles will be sold each day in the short run if the price rises to $2 each? In the long run a price increase from $1 to $2 has an elasticity of supply of 1.50. So how many popsicles will be sold per day in the long run if the price rises to $2 each? (Hint: Apply the midpoints approach to the elasticity of supply.)

Problem 2: Advance Analysis——Page 2

Let MUa=z=10-x and measured in utlis, x is the amount spent on product A, and y is the amount spent on product B. Assume that the consumer has $10 to spend on A and B-that is, x+y=10. How is the $10 best allocated between A and B that is, x+y+ 10. How the $10 is best allocated between A & B? How much utility will be marginal dollar yield?

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1) Advanced Analysis’ problem: 1

2) Note that this is elasticity of SUPPLY (not demand). The question really should state “how will be offered for sale” rather “how many will be sold”.

Note that price elasticity = percentage change in quantity divided by percentage change in price.

For example: suppose elasticity is 0.2. Then

0.2 = (percentage change in quantity) divided by (percentage change in price).

And if the percentage change in price is 10 then

0.2 = (percentage change in quantity) divided by (10).

This means the percentage change in quantity must be 2:

0.2 * 10 = percentage change in quantity

You can use the mid-point calculation to calculate the percentage changes. For example, going from 20 to 22 is either a 10% change or a 9% change, depending on how you calculate.

2/20 = 10%

2/22 = 9%

The mid-point approach is a compromise:

2/21 = 9.5%

3) For Problem 2: Note, the marginal utilities are ‘per dollar spent on the good’. Solve by setting the two equal to each other (because in equilibrium the MU obtained from one good is equal to the MU obtained from the other good (per dollar spent)).