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The law of demand is the basic principle underlying demand, one of our most important economic laws.

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The law of demand is an inverse relationship between demand price and the quantity demanded, ceteris paribus.

  • Inverse relationship means that people buy more of a good if the price is lower and less if the price is higher.
  • In terms of scientific method, price causes quantity demanded. A change in the price causes a change in the quantity demanded.
Ceteris paribus is important to the law of demand.
  • Ceteris paribus means other things remain unchanged.
  • Law of demand applies exclusively to the relationship between demand price and quantity demanded.
  • All other things that can affect demand must remain constant to avoid distorting this relationship.
  • Because demand is affected by many factors other than price, a buyer may buy larger amounts of a good even with a higher price.
  • Other factors that affect demand are called demand determinants.

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