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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    Hot Spotting Medical Care

    Jan 28, 11 • 232 Views • No Comments

    These are the statistics: 900 people; 4,000 hospital visits; $200 million in medical bills from January 2002 through June 2008. The place is Camden, N.J. where a relatively small number of people were responsible for a huge proportion of the city’s...  [read more]

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    CPI Concerns

    Jan 25, 11 • 364 Views • 1 Comment

    Should we care if China has a 5.1% annual inflation rate?  A little. The International Herald Tribune tells us that just 1/4 to 2/5 of the price we pay in the U.S. for an imported item reflects the cost of the good. Other slices of the price pie such as...  [read more]

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    Apple’s Patents

    Jan 20, 11 • 298 Views • No Comments

    An ibike? A solar-powered iPhone? Or maybe an iKey?  During 2010, Apple received 563 patents. In addition to the iBike, a solar-powered iPhone, and an iKey, Apple’s patents included a wand remote and a touchscreen iMac. When asked about...  [read more]

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    More Than Just a House

    Jan 18, 11 • 236 Views • No Comments

    The story of a small home in Los Angeles is about much more than one house. Told by Marketplace.org and KCET TV, the story of the house on Lot 354 explains the entire housing bubble and bust. Built in 1927, an 1800 square foot bungalow is bought by Shawna and...  [read more]

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    Toasters and Pencils

    Jan 17, 11 • 231 Views • No Comments

    In this TED talk, a designer explains how he tried to build his own toaster. Deciding to focus on five basic ingredients instead of the 100 he would really need, he describes what happened. For the steel, first he needed iron ore. For the plastic, he went to...  [read more]