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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 5: Demand | Unit 1: Buying Basics Page: 4 of 20

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  • Demand as the range of prices and quantities that buyers are willing and able to buy at different prices.
  • Why buyers must be both willing and able to buy a good to have a demand. Willingness is based on tastes and preferences. Ability is based on income.
  • Why demand includes a range of prices and quantities, not just a specific quantity.
  • Why demand is analyzed during a given time period.
  • Demand price as the maximum price that buyers would be willing and able to pay for a given quantity.
  • Quantity demanded as the maximum quantity buyers would be willing and able to buy at a specific price.


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