Answer to Question #89564 in Microeconomics for ali

Question #89564
Maple Leaf Cement Factory Limited is
a reputable largest manufacturer of cement in Pakistan. The company was set up in
1956. Suppose the quantity demanded and quantity supplied functions of cement
industry in starting week of current month are:
Qd = 5000-6P
Qs= 1500+P
Where ‘P’ is the price in rupees per bag of cement and ‘Qd’ is quantity demanded of
cement in number of bags. ‘Qs’ is quantity supplied of cement in number of bags.
Requirements:
a. Calculate the market equilibrium level of price and quantity.
b. Calculate price elasticity of demand using point elasticity method when the
company is in equilibrium and interpret the result.
c. What will happen to supply of cement, equilibrium price and equilibrium
quantity of cement if government gives subsidy to cement manufacturers?
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Expert's answer
2019-05-14T09:06:53-0400

a. The market equilibrium level of price and quantity are:

Qd = Qs,

5000 - 6P = 1500 + P,

7P = 3500,

P = 500,

Q = 1500 + 500 = 2000 units.

b. Price elasticity of demand using point elasticity method is:

Ed = -6×500/2000 = -1.5, so the demand is elastic.

c. If government gives subsidy to cement manufacturers, then supply of cement will increase, equilibrium price will decrease, and equilibrium

quantity of cement will increase.


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