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Principles of Microeconomics

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N. Gregory Mankiw
ISBN: 9781305156050

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7th Edition
N. Gregory Mankiw
ISBN: 9781305156050
Textbook Problem

Over the past 30 years, technological advances have reduced the cost of computer chips. How do you think this has affected the market for computers? For computer software? For typewriters?

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Change in price of related goods and the demand-supply market.

Explanation

Figure 1 illustrates the change in equilibrium due to shift in the supply curve.

The technology improvement increases the supply of computers, because; the reduction in the cost of production of computer chips results in the reduction in the input prices for computers. This is illustrated in Figure1, where the horizontal axis represents the quantity demanded and supplied of computers while the vertical axis represents the price. This reduction in prices will result in an increase in supply causing it to shift to the right; but the demand remains unaffected. The eventual result is a decline in the equilibrium price of computers and an increase in the equilibrium quantity.

Figure 2 illustrates the change in equilibrium due to shift in the demand curve.

Figure 2 illustrates the effect on market ofcomputer software due to changes in the market of computers. The vertical axis in Figure3 represents the price of software and the horizontal axis represents the quantity...

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