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# Answer to Question #41689 in Macroeconomics for ash

Question #41689
You are the manager of a gas station in a small town in the United States, and your goal is to maximize profits. Based on your experience, the elasticity of demand of Texans for a car wash is –2, and that of non-Texans is –1.5.Your marginal cost is $6. What is the profit-maximizing price to charge a Texan for a car wash? What is the profit-maximizing price to charge a Californian for a car wash? 1 Expert's answer 2014-04-24T12:17:27-0400 Price elasticity of demand (PED or Ed) is a measure used in economics to show the responsiveness, or elasticity, of the quantity demanded of a good or service to a change in its price. More precisely, it gives the percentage change in quantity demanded in response to a one percent change in price (ceteris paribus, i.e. holding constant all the other determinants of demand, such as income). Ed = change in quantity/change in price, it is also the slope of the demand curve. Profit-maximizing point is where MR = MC =$6.
So, the profit-maximizing price to charge a Texan for a car wash will be $6*2 =$12.
The profit-maximizing price to charge a Californian for a car wash will be $6*1.5 =$9.

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