Predictions about demand based upon given elasticities
Suppose the demand for beer is characterized by the following point elasticities:
own price elasticity = -2.5
cross-price elasticity with soda = +3
income elasticity = +2
Based on the given elasticities, answer the following. describe your answers.
a. If a firm in the industry wishes to increase total sales revenue (ignoring cost considerations), will it raise or lower its selling price? Why?
b. What happens to the demand for beer if the price of soda falls by 2%? describe your answer.
c. What happens to the demand for beer if consumer income rises by 5%? Be specific.
d. Is beer a normal or inferior good? describe.