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ARC ELASTICITY: The average elasticity for discrete changes in two variables, A and B. The distinguishing characteristic of arc elasticity is that percentage changes are calculated based on the average of the initial and ending values of each variable, rather than only initial values. Arc elasticity is generally calculated using the midpoint formula. Arc elasticity should be compared with point elasticity. For infinitesimally small changes in variables A and B, arc elasticity is the same as point elasticity.

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DEMAND DECREASE: A decrease in the willingness and ability of buyers to buy a good at the existing price, illustrated by a leftward shift of the demand curve. A decrease in demand results in a decrease in equilibrium quantity and a decrease in equilibrium price.

     See also | demand | demand curve | demand price | demand determinants | equilibrium quantity | equilibrium price | equilibrium | preferences | income, demand determinant | other prices | substitute-in-consumption | complement-in-consumption | buyers' expectations | number of buyers | demand increase | supply increase | supply decrease |


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MARGINAL COST CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between the marginal cost incurred by a firm in the short-run product of a good or service and the quantity of output produced. This curve is constructed to capture the relation between marginal cost and the level of output, holding other variables like technology and resource prices constant. Three related curves are average total cost curve, average variable cost curve, and average fixed cost curve.

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