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Lecture 4: Demand Functions Income and Substitution Effects
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Key Terms in Lecture • Demand Function • Normal, Inferior, and Giffen goods • Substitution effect and Income effect • Individual’s demand curve – Movement along a demand curve (change in quantity demanded) – Shift in demand (change in demand) • Demand elasticities !"# price elasticity of demand, !""# income elasticity of demand, and !"""# cross-price elasticity of demand • Elastic and inelastic • Consumer surplus
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Demand Functions • The optimal levels of $ 1 , $ 2 ,…, $ % can be expressed as functions of all prices and income – Prices and income are exogenous as the individual has no control over these parameters • These can be expressed as % demand functions of the form: $ 1 * = $ 1 ( 1 , 2 ,…, % , I ) $ 2 * = $ 2 ( 1 , 2 ,…, % , I ) $ % * = $ % ( 1 , 2 ,…, % , I )
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Important Property of Demand Functions • If all prices and income were doubled, the optimal quantities demanded would not change $ " ( 1 , 2 ,…, % , ’( ) is the solution of max{u(x 1 ,…,x n )} subject to ) $ ) % $ % - ’( – By dividing both sides of the BC by we don’t change it: $ " ( 1 , 2 ,…, % , ’( ) = $ " ( 1 , 2 ,…, % , ( )
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Changes in Income • An increase in income will ./"0’ the budget constraint out in a parallel fashion – Since $ / 1 does not change, (if there is an interior solution) the 234 will stay constant as the worker moves to higher levels of satisfaction • This is true b/c, at interior solution, 234 - - $ / 1 • A good $ i for which ! $ i / ! I " 0 over some range of income is a normal good in that range • A good $ i for which ! $ i / ! I < 0 over some range of income is an inferior good in that range
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Increase in Income Quantity of $ Quantity of 1 C U 3 B U 2 A U 1 X and Y are normal goods Quantity of $ Quantity of 1 C U 3 B U 2 A U 1 X is an inferior good over some income range
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Changes in a Good’s Price • A change in the price of a good alters the slope of the budget constraint – it also changes the 234 at the consumer’s utility-maximizing choice (for an interior soln.) • When the price changes, two effects come into play – substitution effect – income effect
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2009 for the course ECON 1211 taught by Professor Govel during the Spring '08 term at Columbia.

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