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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    Calamity Markets

    Dec 20, 10 • 248 Views • No Comments

    Some markets are distressed. For close to 30 cents on the dollar, firms that purchase distressed securities have offered to buy loss claims from victims of the Madoff fraud. Instead of waiting for the settlement process to unfold for undetermined amounts,...  [read more]

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    Unintended Green Incentives

    Dec 19, 10 • 208 Views • No Comments

    True or False? When we become more energy efficient, we use up fewer resources. This New Yorker Magazine article says maybe. Citing the “rebound effect,” the article briefly takes us back to Williams Jevons, England, and 1865. In a book called The...  [read more]

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    Do You Approve of Profits?

    Dec 18, 10 • 231 Views • No Comments

    Two Questions: 1.How do you feel about profit? In their paper, “Is Profit Evil? Associations of Profit With Social Harm,” 3 University of Pennsylvania researchers discuss two studies that display people’s negative response to profit seeking...  [read more]

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    Big Boxes

    Dec 15, 10 • 253 Views • No Comments

    What we ship things in makes a difference. Take the banana, for example. In 1876, at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, the banana was a delicacy (and very black). Millions of bunches could only be sent to U.S. shores if they were refrigerated. By 1901,...  [read more]

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    Supership Problems

    Dec 14, 10 • 267 Views • No Comments

    When is a supership a problem? When the water is not deep enough or the Bayonne Bridge is not high enough. To understand the Bayonne Bridge problem (and care about the answer), we have to look back to August 1914 and then ahead to August 2014. The Panama...  [read more]