Suppose that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the price floor for cheese, set at $0.17 per pound of cheese. (The price floor is officially set at $16.10 per hundredweight of cheese. One hundredweight is 100 pounds.) At that price, according to data from the USDA, the quantity of cheese produced in 2009 by U.S. producers was 212.5 billion pounds, and the quantity demanded was 211 billion pounds. To support the price of cheese at the price floor, the USDA had to buy up 1.5 billion pounds of cheese. The accompanying diagram shows supply and demand curves illustrating the market for cheese.
In the absence of a price floor, how much consumer surplus is created? How much producer surplus? What is the total surplus?
With the price floor at $0.17 per pound of cheese, consumers buy 211 billion pounds of cheese. How much consumer surplus is created now?
With the price floor at $0.17 per pound of cheese, producers sell 212.5 billion pounds of cheese (some to consumers and some to the USDA). How much producer surplus is created now?
How much money does the USDA spend on buying up surplus cheese?
Taxes must be collected to pay for the purchases of surplus cheese by the USDA. As a result, total surplus (producer plus consumer) is reduced by the amount the USDA spent on buying surplus cheese. Using your answers for parts b—d, what is the total surplus when there is a price floor? How does this compare to the total surplus without a price floor from part a?
The accompanying table shows the price and yearly quantity sold of ice cream cones on Sidfield Island.
Price of Ice Cream Cones Quantity of Ice Cream Cones Demanded
Using the midpoint method (show your work), calculate the price elasticity of demand when the price of an ice cream cone rises from $1 to $2. What does this estimate imply about the price elasticity of demand for ice cream cones?
Using the midpoint method (show your work), calculate the price elasticity of demand when the price of an ice cream cone rises from $3 to $4. What does this estimate imply about the price elasticity of demand for ice cream cones?
Notice that the estimates from (a) and (b) above are different. Why do price elasticity of demand estimates change along the demand curve?
- Posts: 832
- Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:23 am
Return to Taxes
- I bought a property in chennai in third floor in the commerical main road. But the plan shows my third floor i?
by scannalan » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:08 pm
- 1 Replies
- 110 Views
- Last post by piers93
Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:20 pm
- Please check if I am correct about price ceiling creates shortage?
by katlynne » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:22 pm
- 1 Replies
- 125 Views
- Last post by salvino2
Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:30 pm
- Tax Question in regard to taking money out of my pension.?
by teiji » Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:42 am
- 3 Replies
- 150 Views
- Last post by redman
Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:00 pm
- I filed my taxes on Feb 3rd my question is in regard to my NJ state return?
by inteus » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:50 am
- 1 Replies
- 74 Views
- Last post by camero41
Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:56 am
- Debt ceiling question?
by giynn91 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:14 pm
- 3 Replies
- 134 Views
- Last post by mahad
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:56 pm
Who is online
Users browsing this forum: aeneas16, aidan, alex24, angor24, ansley, arnatt16, brit, burgh77, cas, cheche1, cuithbeart50, danilkar, dubg, easter, eldur, elliston66, enric, feng85, finian, fisk, fyfe, gaspard, gerard96, gerrit, hid, kenrick, lindley6, newyddilyn17, nye, otis6, quaid, raylen, rendell66, roosevelt, stiles, vardon, victorian, waerheall, waerheall89, warley75, winfield, zevulun and 0 guests