Effects of Changes in Demand on Equilibrium Market

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Last Updated on June 15, 2018 by Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani

Effects of Changes in Demand on Equilibrium Market
We know that if the price rises, other things remaining the same, people buy less of that commodity and if price falls, people buy more of that commodity. Let us now discuss the effects of changes in demand on equilibrium price
A change in demand can take place independently of a change in price, i.e., price remaining the same, people may purchase more or less of the commodity. 

When larger quantity is demanded at the same old price or the same old quantity is demanded at a higher price we say, the demand has risen. 

In such a case, the whole of demand curve rises above the original demand curve. In case of a fall in demand, the whole of the demand curve falls below the original demand curve.
In order to study the effect of the changes in demand on equilibrium price, let us assume that no change takes place in the supply schedule, i.e., it remains fixed. If demand rises, more quantity will be purchased at a higher price. On the other hand, if demand falls, less commodity will be purchased at a lower price. 

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This can also be illustrated in the following diagram.  
 In the figure (8.2) DD/ is the original demand curve. PM is the equilibrium price and OM the equilibrium amount. When demand rises, supply remaining the same, the equilibrium amount increases from OM to OG and the equilibrium price rises from PM to FG. In case of fall of in demand, which is indicated by D2D2 curve, the quantity demanded decreases from OM to OK and the equilibrium price falls from PM to LK.
Now a question can be asked that when the demand rises, does it affect more on the price or on the quantity of the commodity to be sold? The answer to this simple question is that if the supply is perfectly elastic, a rise in demand will increase the quantity but will not affect the price. If the supply is perfectly inelastic, then a rise in demand will affect the price but not the quantity. 
This can be shown with the help of the diagram. In case of perfect elastic supply, (Fig. 8.3) when demand rises, the supply increases from OK to OI with a further rise in demand D2D2 the supply increases from OI to ON.
 Supply Perfectly Inelastic
In fig. 8.4, the supply is perfectly inelastic. A rise in demand affects the price which rises from RM to KM and with the further rise in demand to LM. The quantity supplied remains the same OM.
In the world in which we live, the supply is seldom perfectly elastic or perfectly inelastic. It is either equal to unity or greater than unity, or less than unity. We will, therefore, examine these, cases now. If the elasticity of supply is to unity and demand rises, the price and quantity will change in equal proportion.
(i) Elasticity of Supply is Equal to Unity
The quantity and price change in equal proportion with a rise in demand as is clear in fig. 8.5. 
 (ii) Elasticity of Supply Greater Than Unity:
If the elasticity of supply is greater than unity, a rise in demand will affect the supply which will change in greater proportion than the price as is obvious from the following fig. 8.6.
In fig. (8.6) when demand rises, KL quantity supplied is greater in proportion than PN price.
(iii) Elasticity of Supply Less Than Unity:
If the elasticity of supply is less than unity, a rise in demand will change the price in greater proportion than the quantity as shown in fig. 8.7.
In fig. 8.7 the proportionate change in quantity demanded KL is less than the change in price RN.
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Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani

NJMH is working as Deputy Conservator of Forests in Balochistan Forest & Wildlife Department (BFWD). He is the CEO of Tech Urdu (techurdu.net) Forestrypedia (forestrypedia.com), Majestic Pakistan (majesticpakistan.pk), All Pak Notifications (allpaknotifications.com), Essayspedia, etc & their YouTube Channels). He is an Environmentalist, Blogger, YouTuber, Developer & Vlogger.

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