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LAW OF DEMAND: The inverse relationship between demand price and the quantity demanded, ceteris paribus. This fundamental economic principle indicates that as the price of a commodity decreases, then the quantity of the commodity that buyers are able and willing to purchase in a given period of time, if other factors are held constant, increases. This law is incredibly important to the study of economics. If you compiled a top ten list of economically important laws, the law of demand would be right there at the top.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 3: Reserve Banking Page: 11 of 24

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Banks divide assets between loan and reserves using fractional-reserve banking:
  • The profit-pursuing, financial intermediary function of banks dictates that deposits be used for loans.
  • The safekeeping, money supply security function dictates that banks keep reserves.

A) 100% reserve banking would imply that:

  • They could not be financial intermediaries, but only storage buildings. The financial intermediary function performed by banks would have to be performed by something else.

B) 0% reserve banking would imply:

  • Problems with customers who want their wealth, but can't get it because the bank loaned it out.
  • The bank can easily be put out of business when customers spread the word that the bank is out of funds.

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INELASTIC DEMAND

The general elasticity relation in which relatively large changes in price cause relatively small changes in quantity demanded. Large changes in price cause relatively small changes in quantity demanded or the percentage change in quantity demanded is smaller than the percentage change in price. This characterization of elasticity is most important for the price elasticity of demand. Inelastic demand is one of two general elasticity relations for demand. The other is elastic demand.

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