Eco 365 Wk 1 Article Analysis

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Article Analysis: The Economics of Coffee ECO/365 May 15, 2013 Article Analysis: The Economics of Coffee People around the world consume numerous goods every day. There are several things that determine what quantities and how frequently they are consumed and those influences can either work in tandem or act individually to influence a person. It is these foundations that set an average for what consumers will purchase and the volume of goods to be created by agriculturalists and industrialists. This is known as economic consumption patterns, and these patterns are carefully studied by economists. With the data that they glean from this assessment economists can then use that information to provide the economy with data…show more content…
In years past, coffee was relatively inexpensive to buy because coffee was typically consumed in certain countries, but now that many more countries are consuming coffee, the supply is having a difficult time keeping up with the demand. For instance, if economists predicted in 1980 that the demand for coffee would increase between 50% and 80% by 1990, then it would stand to reason that farmers would have probably enlarged the size of their crops in order to accommodate the demand. However, in 1990 the demand for coffee only rose by 10% thereby creating a surplus of coffee on the market for consumers. Because coffee is so easily obtainable, and farmers are trying to sell their goods so the crops will not go to waste, prices begin to drop to help tempt purchasers, which helps the producers so they avoid losing their investment entirely. In our global economy, the price of coffee is thought of as elastic. What this means is that as the selling price of coffee increases or decreases, so does the demand for it. Simply put, coffee is not needed by humans to survive but rather is a luxury item, so as the price increases there is less of a demand for coffee and vice versa. Things that would be looked at as inelastic in our economy are staple products such as fuel, food, and water. These items are things that we believe we cannot do without and consumers will still purchase these items in spite of the price increases because without them they believe,

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