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Lesson 5: Demand | Unit 4: Determinants Page: 15 of 20

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Demand determinants shift the demand curve.
  • The demand curve is drawn assuming that only price and quantity change. The determinants are assumed to be constant.
  • A change in one of the determinants can cause:
  • A decrease in demand, a leftward shift, which means that for any price, for every price, buyers are willing and able to buy less of the good.

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SHORT RUN, MICROECONOMICS

In terms of the microeconomic analysis of production and supply, a period of time in which at least one input under the control of a firm used in the production process is variable and at least one input is fixed. In the short run, the variable input is usually labor and the fixed input is capital. The short-run analysis of production reveals the law of diminishing marginal returns and provides an understanding of the upward-sloping supply curve and the law of supply. This is one of four production time periods used in the study of microeconomics. The other three are long run, very long run, and very short run (or market period). The short run is also a time period designation used in the macroeconomic analysis of business cycles.

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