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JOINT PRODUCTION: The simultaneous production of two or more goods from the same resource. For example the production of beef also results in the production of leather and the production of lumber also results in the production of sawdust. Joint production can be beneficial, that is, giving a producer multiple products to sell. But it can also be problematic when one of the joint products is undesirable, such as pollution or waste residuals.

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Lesson 11: Elasticity Basics | Unit 3: Measurement Page: 14 of 25

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  • Our task is to calculate the price elasticity of demand using the midpoint formula.

    midpoint
    elasticity
    =(Q2 - Q1)
    (Q2 + Q1)/2
    ÷(P2 - P1)
    (P2 + P1)/2

  • The values for this formula are P1 = $2.49, Q1 = 5,447 tacos, P2 = $1.99, Q2 = 6,608 tacos.
    midpoint
    elasticity
    =0.19 ÷ - 0.22=- 0.86

  • This value - 0.86 indicates that the a one percent decline in the price of Tacos results in a 0.86 percent increase in quantity demanded.

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