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BENEFIT PRINCIPLE: A principle of taxation in which taxes are based on the benefits received by people using the good financed with the tax. The benefit principle is often difficult to implement because by their very nature, many government produced goods (public goods) do not have easily measured benefits. But in those cases where benefits are identifiable, government is not shy about establishing taxes, fees, or charges in accordance with the benefit principle. Public college tuition, national park admission fees, and gasoline excise taxes are three common examples. The beneficiaries of education, a wilderness experience, and highway use are asked (required) to pay accordingly.

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Lesson 5: Demand | Unit 4: Determinants Page: 18 of 20

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  • Why relaxing the ceteris paribus assumption enables further analysis of demand and markets.
  • How the changes in the demand determinants cause rightward or leftward shifts in the demand curve.
  • The five basic demand determinants: income, preferences, prices of other goods, buyers' expectations, and number of buyers.
  • How income affects the demand for normal goods differently than inferior goods.
  • How a change in the price of a substitute goods affects demand differently than a change in the price of a complement good.
  • Most important of all, the difference between a change in demand, caused by a change in a demand determinant, and a change in quantity demanded, caused by a change in price.


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RELATIVELY ELASTIC

An elasticity alternative in which relatively small changes in one variable (usually price) cause relatively large changes in another variable (usually quantity). In other words, quantity is very responsive to price. Quantity changes a lot in response to small changes in price. This characterization of elasticity is most important for the price elasticity of demand and the price elasticity of supply. Relatively elastic is one of five elasticity alternatives. The other four are perfectly elastic, perfectly inelastic, relatively inelastic, and unit elastic.

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