Assignment 3: Effects of Price Changes
Price changes can have a significant impact on the overall economy of a nation. A product experiencing price change can lead to an exponential change in the prices of related products. The price of oil provides a good example of this concept. As oil prices increase, the price of gasoline also increases. As almost all products rely on gasoline, either in the production process or in the distribution process, the prices of these products also increase. As prices increase and incomes of consumers remain steady, spending decreases and products or services that have an elastic demand suffer. This assignment looks at some products you may be familiar with and allows you to analyze how price changes impact the overall economy.
Consider the last product or service you purchased for more than $50, excluding gasoline.
o If the price of that product or service went up by 10% overnight, how would you adjust your behavior in the short term?
o How would you adjust your behavior in the long term?
o If you decide not to buy this product again, what will you buy instead?
o Analyze who will be more sensitive to price changes in what kind of products.
o By the due date assigned, save your report as M1_A3_lastname_firstinitial.doc and upload to the Submissions Area. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M1_A3.doc.
Assignment 3 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Explained the short- and long-term adjustment in behavior if the price of a product or service costing more than $50 went up by 10% overnight. 32
Recommended an alternative product if you decide not to buy this product again. 24
Analyzed who will be more sensitive to price changes in what kind of products. 24
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 20