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By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Identify factors that affect demand
  • Graph demand curves and demand shifts
  • Identify factors that affect supply
  • Graph supply curves and supply shifts

The previous module explored how price    affects the quantity demanded and the quantity supplied. The result was the demand curve and the supply curve. Price, however, is not the only thing that influences demand. Nor is it the only thing that influences supply. For example, how is demand for vegetarian food affected if, say, health concerns cause more consumers to avoid eating meat? Or how is the supply of diamonds affected if diamond producers discover several new diamond mines? What are the major factors, in addition to the price, that influence demand or supply?

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What factors affect demand?

We defined demand as the amount of some product a consumer is willing and able to purchase at each price. That suggests at least two factors in addition to price that affect demand. Willingness to purchase suggests a desire, based on what economists call tastes and preferences. If you neither need nor want something, you will not buy it. Ability to purchase suggests that income is important. Professors are usually able to afford better housing and transportation than students, because they have more income. Prices of related goods can affect demand also. If you need a new car, the price of a Honda may affect your demand for a Ford. Finally, the size or composition of the population can affect demand. The more children a family has, the greater their demand for clothing. The more driving-age children a family has, the greater their demand for car insurance, and the less for diapers and baby formula.

These factors matter both for demand by an individual and demand by the market as a whole. Exactly how do these various factors affect demand, and how do we show the effects graphically? To answer those questions, we need the ceteris paribus assumption.

The Ceteris Paribus Assumption

A demand curve    or a supply curve    is a relationship between two, and only two, variables: quantity on the horizontal axis and price on the vertical axis. The assumption behind a demand curve or a supply curve is that no relevant economic factors, other than the product’s price, are changing. Economists call this assumption ceteris paribus    , a Latin phrase meaning “other things being equal.” Any given demand or supply curve is based on the ceteris paribus assumption that all else is held equal. A demand curve or a supply curve is a relationship between two, and only two, variables when all other variables are kept constant. If all else is not held equal, then the laws of supply and demand will not necessarily hold, as the following Clear It Up feature shows.

When does ceteris paribus Apply?

Ceteris paribus is typically applied when we look at how changes in price affect demand or supply, but ceteris paribus can be applied more generally. In the real world, demand and supply depend on more factors than just price. For example, a consumer’s demand depends on income and a producer’s supply depends on the cost of producing the product. How can we analyze the effect on demand or supply if multiple factors are changing at the same time—say price rises and income falls? The answer is that we examine the changes one at a time, assuming the other factors are held constant.

For example, we can say that an increase in the price reduces the amount consumers will buy (assuming income, and anything else that affects demand, is unchanged). Additionally, a decrease in income reduces the amount consumers can afford to buy (assuming price, and anything else that affects demand, is unchanged). This is what the ceteris paribus assumption really means. In this particular case, after we analyze each factor separately, we can combine the results. The amount consumers buy falls for two reasons: first because of the higher price and second because of the lower income.

Questions & Answers

how is saving important
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Why did economic important
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i asked about aloucation function
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utility maens satisfactions
Yussif Reply
what about price elasticity of demand ... can yu explain deep
hello gentle girls and men's economics brothers
Price elasticity of demand is the degree of responsiveness to quantity demand of a commodity to a change in the price of the commodity in question
small wholsales like rural grocery stores sometimes exist even though they do not earn economic profits.How can you explain this
what are the 5 basic problem of an economy
the sum of individual demand in the economy is otherwise known as what?
Akon Reply
150p-2q=58 is it a supply or demand curve explain?
Rotich Reply
The above equation is a supply curve because quantity has a postive relationship with the price. That is as the prices increases quantity also keeps increasing and vice versa and this only applies to supply. 150p-58=2q 150p/2 -58/2=2q 75p -29=q ....q=75p-29 where q=quantity supplied p=price
when q=1 ...p=0.4 q=10...p=0.52 so curve is increasing so it's supply curve
Quantity keeps increasing as price also increases and vice versa
so Emmanuel is that your final equation
how then can you calculate equilibrium price since that's the quantity and then illustrating it in a diagram
the other equation is 2q+10p=200
to find equilibrium price we should get both the demand and supply functions so that we can equate the two
make a the subject of the demand eqn and equate the demand and supply eqns
alternative name for macroeconomics?
Policy economics
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what is the meaning of unitary in economics
Katanku Reply
what is equilibrium ?
Gift Reply
equilibrium simple means equal to or balance to be equal
what is deman
Andoh Reply
Demand is what consumer needs.
not only that but also their ability to purchase what they need
Demand is what consumers are willing to purchase and able to pay for.
Demand is anything one can be able to purchase and possess at any given time.
demand is the ability and willingness to buy a specific quantity of goods and services, with the given price and at a particular period of time
Demand for what is it for money or for goods, please specify.
demand is the desire and ability of a consumer to acquire goods and services at a given price within a period of time
@muntari -pls this is economics class they are using economics term ok
demand means the ability to acquire a commodity with a strong purchasing power
Yea what is utility
producer equilibrium under alternative market structure
Muhammad Reply
what is abnormal demand
Arabi Reply
Howdoes income affects the demand of a commodity
Kessie Reply
Is the slope of demand curve Negative or Positive
Is the slope of demand curve Negative or Positive
Is the slope of demand curve Negative or Positive
Is the slope of demand curve Negative or Positive
Is the slope of demand curve Negative or Positive
income affects the demand of a commodity in two ways, that is positive and negative. increase in income results in positive effect, that is more units Will be demanded than before when the Price of the good remains constant. Negative effect, decrease in income results in less units Will be demanded.
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Monopoly is a market structure where there is one firm who dominates the industry.In US monopoly is defined when a firm controls 25% of the market
Emmanuel Reply
Monopoly is a market structure where there is one firm who dominates the industry.In US a monopoly is defined when a firm controls 25% of the market.
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In Ghana for instance,The electricity company (ECG) enjoys monopolistic powers
whether in africa or US monopoly is defined the same, the major thing to consider is the major ingridient of the subject which says a market structure were there is one firm who dominates the market or induatry.
Yeah We Must just appreciate that in that market there is one firm dominating the market or industry .
are you sure... as I know it has firm dominant in some sectors
Monopoly is a market situation with only one seller. A natural monopoly exists when the monopolist's solo position is due either to the exclusive possession of some essential input, or to the existence of economies of scale so that no entrant can be profitable once an incumbent firm is established.
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