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ELASTICITY ALTERNATIVES, SUPPLY: The price elasticity of supply can fall into one of five categories--perfectly elastic, relatively elastic, unit elastic, relatively inelastic, and perfectly inelastic--based on the coefficient of elasticity. This table summarizes the five alternatives. These five elasticity alternatives form a continuum ranging from perfectly elastic at one end to perfectly inelastic at the other. The "middle" of this continuum is occupied by unit elastic. in that the "unit" and the two "perfectly" are really borders, boundaries, and endpoints, most of the real world action involving the price elasticity of supply takes place in the two "relatively" alternatives--relatively elastic and relatively inelastic.

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Second, quantity demanded.

Quantity demanded is the specific quantity of a good that buyers would be willing and able to buy at a specific price.

  • Price and quantity demanded are a pair of numbers that go together.
Quantity demanded is not the same as demand.
  • Demand is the entire range of prices and quantities (all pairs of numbers).
  • Quantity demanded is a specific quantity at a specific price (a quantity paired with a price).

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CONTRACTION

A phase of the business cycle characterized by a general period of declining economic activity. A contraction is one of two basic business cycle phases. The other is expansion. The transition from contraction to expansion is termed a trough and the transition from expansion to contraction is termed a peak. The popular term for contraction, one that frequently shows up in the media, is recession.

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