Answer to Question #51723 in Other Economics for Andrew
The demand for comic books is given by P = 90 – Qd. Supply of comic books is given by P = 2Qs. Suppose that the government imposed a price floor of $70 in this market. What will be the minimum size of deadweight loss?
P = 90 – Qd, P = 2Qs In this case equilibrium quantity is: 90 - Q = 2Q Q = 30 units Equilibrium price is: P = 2*30 = $60 If the government imposes a price floor of $70 in this market, there will be a deadweight loss. New quantity demanded is Qd = 90 - 70 = 20 units. New quantity supplied is Qs = 70/2 = 35 units. The minimum size of deadweight loss is DWL = 0.5*(35 - 20)*(70 - 60) = $75