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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    Employment’s Bottomless Pit

    Mar 13, 12 • 556 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. The U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs in February. That’s more than the 210,000 jobs economists forecast for the month, though the current unemployment rate is still high: 8.3%. (For a different take on the issue, read......  [read more]

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    BRIC Cell Phones

    Mar 12, 12 • 924 Views • No Comments

    The Tibetan town of Namche Bazaar has yaks, donkeys and cell phones. Located along the route to a Mt. Everest base camp, the town attracts local traders who provision climbers. With the former carrying products and the latter, market information, the animals......  [read more]

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    Becoming An Eco-Driver

    Mar 11, 12 • 536 Views • No Comments

    With the price of gas marching skyward, more of us might become eco-drivers. Based on a report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), here are some (slightly irreverent but accurate) rules for eco-driving: During warm......  [read more]

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    Health Care Costs

    Mar 10, 12 • 544 Views • No Comments

    Looking forward to your daily Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino, you see that the calorie count sign says 500 calories. Change your mind? Most studies indicate that knowing a calorie count has little if any impact on purchasing decisions. Then, you stroll to......  [read more]

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    Giraffes and Levis

    Mar 8, 12 • 532 Views • No Comments

    French fashion, food, wine and now a French giraffe. Most French moms buy Sophie for their newborns. Seven inches tall, with brown spots, black eyes and pink cheeks, she is just a rubber toy giraffe that squeaks. In French supermarkets, her price is $12. In......  [read more]