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Chapter 7 Consumers, Producers, and the Efficiency of Markets
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Consumers, Producers and the Efficiency of Markets Revisiting the Market Equilibrium Do the equilibrium price and quantity maximize the total welfare of buyers and sellers? Market equilibrium reflects the way markets allocate resources. Whether the market allocation is desirable can be addressed by welfare economics.
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Consumers, Producers and the Efficiency of Markets Welfare Economics Welfare economics is the study of how the allocation of resources affects economic well-being. Equilibrium in the market results in maximum benefits, and therefore maximum total welfare for both the consumers and the producers of the product. Consumer surplus measures economic welfare from the buyer’s side. Producer surplus measures economic welfare from the seller’s side.
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Consumer Surplus Willingness to pay is the maximum amount that a buyer will pay for a good. It measures how much the buyer values the
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