Ashford ECO 204 Principles of Microeconomics

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Ashford ECO 204 Principles of Microeconomics
Week 1
Discussion 1: Circular Flow Diagram. Explain how the circular flow diagram relates to the current economic situation. Using the circular flow diagram, explain a way that your family interacts in the factor market and a way that it interacts in the products market.
Discussion 2: Supply and Demand. Analyze how the law of demand applies to a recent purchase that you made. Describe how the product has changed in price and explain whether the price change is due to supply or demand. Did the change in price affect your decision to purchase the item?
Week 2
Discussion 1: Elasticity. Analyze the determinants of the price elasticity of demand and determine if each of the
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Discussion 2, Barriers to Entry. Analyze the major barriers for entry and exit into the airline industry. Explain how each barrier can foster either monopoly or oligopoly. What barriers, if any, do you feel give rise to monopoly that will allow the government to become involved to protect consumers?
Week 5
Discussion 1. Transfers. Why would cash transfers typically be preferred by recipients over in-kind transfers? What are the pros and cons of each from a government perspective? Respond to at least two of your classmates.
Discussion 2, Tariffs and Quotas. Who gains and who loses from a tariff? How do the effects of tariffs differ from the effects of quotas? If you were a small country, what would you rather utilize?
Focus of the Final Paper: Market Structures
You have been hired as a consultant by your local mayor to look at the various market structures. Your role is to provide analysis and answers to these important questions that will help the mayor understand the structures of many of the businesses in his city:
1. Describe each market structure discussed in the course (perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and monopoly) and discuss two of the market characteristics of each market structure.
2. Identify one real-life example of a market structure in your local city and relate your example to each of the characteristics of the

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