Demand, Supply, and Markets

The ideas that explain how a market system functions, demand, supply and markets focus on consumer and business behavior. On the demand side, price is an incentive that encourages buyers to want more when low and less when high. On the supply side, with profit as an incentive, a higher price stimulates more production. Through examples, econlife looks at the countless individuals and groups composing the demand and supply sides of markets to see how price and quantity are determined.

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    Trade Deals

    May 21, 11 • 278 Views • No Comments

    What if Mr. Jones, an assembly line worker, lost his job because of low cost imports? And, what if Mrs. Smith, a travel agent, also is unemployed but the reason is online firms like Expedia?  Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt asks us why Congress is...  [read more]

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    Population Pyramids

    May 20, 11 • 355 Views • No Comments

    These graphics are wonderful! Shaped sort of like a triangle because the elderly population is so small, this population pyramid for Egypt illustrates a youth bulge of men and women who are 15 to 29. The “bulge” represents 28% of the...  [read more]

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    Bailout Fatigue

    May 17, 11 • 264 Views • No Comments

    Yesterday, in a 94-0 vote, the U.S. Senate said it had bailout fatigue. No, they were not referring to Fannie Mae or General Motors. They meant Greece. This is the connection: By selling government securities, Greece had borrowed money to fund massive...  [read more]

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    Creative Incentives

    May 15, 11 • 345 Views • No Comments

    In his New Yorker Magazine article on creativity, Malcolm Gladwell describes Mick Jagger, the musician, and Gary Starkweather, an optical engineer, as gentlemen who pour out countless ideas and develop an endless stream of products. For Jagger, the product is...  [read more]

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    A Medicare Check-up

    May 14, 11 • 310 Views • No Comments

    We could say that Medicare is currently a bit ill and the prognosis is not good. Last year it received some “medicine” through the Affordable Health Care Act but its caretakers, the Medicare trustees, question whether the treatment will work....  [read more]