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Assume floods have destroyed 80 percent of the banana crops. Using graphical demand and supply analysis, explain the impact on the price and quantity of bananas in the market. 2 Marks
NOTE: IN YOUR ANSWER EXPLAIN THE MARKET EQUILIBRIUM ADJUSTMENT PROCESS.
Ceteris paribus, if a tax on petrol results in a large rise in the price of petrol, using graphical demand and supply analysis, explain what would be the impact on price and quantity in the car market for low fuel efficient cars (cars that use more petrol per kilometer) compared with high fuel efficient cars. (Hint: you must answer the question using separate graphs to compare the impact on market price and quantity on the two types of cars).2 + 2 = 4 Marks
Assume, health officials in Hong Kong simultaneously engaged in the mass slaughter of chicken in an attempt to control the spread of chicken flu and warned consumers against purchasing live chickens. Using demand and supply analysis, what is the impact on price and quantity in the market for live chickens? (HINT: THERE ARE 2 SCENARIOS WORKING AT THE SAME TIME) 4 Marks
If the price of a good increases from $6 to $7, leading to a fall in quantity demanded from 50 to 35 units, what is the price elasticity of demand for the good at this price range? Explain what the calculated elasticity value means. 2 Marks
Assume, in an industry where firms are making an economic profit, the creation of an internet platform has removed ALL entry barriers and resulted in a huge increase in the number of firms entering the industry. What will be the implication on profit to the existing firms in this industry, ceteris paribus? Use graphical demand and supply analysis together with the cost curves to support your explanation. 4 Marks
In an Oligopoly structure, where a few firms dominate and control the majority of the market, there is often an absence of price competition. Use the game theory matrix to explain why this is so? What are the alternatives available to firms to maintain or increase their market share? 4 Marks
Jesse Singh (December 2015).
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