Answer to Question #53519 in Microeconomics for Asif
The price of oil is $30 per barrel and the price elasticity is constant and equal to -0.5. An oil embargo reduces the quantity available by 20 percent. Use the arc elasticity formula to calculate the percentage increase in the price of oil.
If he price of oil P = $30 per barrel and the price elasticity is constant and equal to E = -0.5, and if an oil embargo reduces the quantity available by 20 percent, the new price of oil using the arc elasticity formula will be P2 = 30*(1 + 0.2/|-0.5|) = 30*1.4 = $42.
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