Response 3q1rw



Manyeconomists are convinced that fuel has a relatively inelastic demandcurve. This discussion substantiates this point of view. Inelasticdemand occurs when the quantity of goods demanded does not changeproportionately as the change in their prices. For instance, when theprice of a good with inelastic demand increases, the quantitydemanded of the good does not change significantly like the change inprice (Karlan et al, 2013). This makes the inelastic demand curve tobecome very steep because the price on the Y-axis changessignificantly with little change on the quantity in the X-axis of thedemand curve.

Iagree that fuel exhibits this behaviour because no matter how theprice of fuel changes, people will always purchase it because it is anecessity (Lin &amp Prince, 2013. People need to cook, to travel,and perform other activities that need energy and fuel in order tocontinue normally in life (Lecca et al, 2011). Therefore, when thereis a shortage there will be a large increase in price of fuel butpeople will continue demanding it showing an inelastic demand curve.


IsCoase’s theorem valid? Why or why not? How does Coase’s theoremaddress the problem of environmental pollution control? Does thismake sense? Why or why not?

Coase’stheorem states that in a perfectly competitive market and lowtransaction costs, an efficient outcome in terms of distribution ofinputs and outputs will be achieved despite how property is divided(Agarwal et al, 2013). This theorem is valid because it ensures thatexternalities are internalized in order to reduce inefficienciescaused by externalities (Yalcintas, 2013). Coase’s theoremaddresses the problem of environmental pollution by ensuring that thea trade in the environmental pollution can be used in a situation oflow transaction costs to ensure that there is an efficient outcomedespite there being a property right on the cause of theenvironmental pollution (Crifo &amp Forget, 2015).


Agarwal,R., Anand, J., Bercovitz, J., &amp Croson, R. (2012). Spilloversacross organizational architectures: The role of prior resourceallocation and communication in post-acquisition coordinationoutcomes. StrategicManagement Journal, 33(6),710-733.

Crifo,P., &amp Forget, V. D. (2015). The Economics of Corporate SocialResponsibility: A Firm-Level Perspective Survey. Journalof Economic Surveys, 29(1),112-130.

Karlan,D. S., Zinman, J., &amp National Bureau of Economic Research.(2013). Long-runprice elasticities of demand for credit: Evidence from a countrywidefield experiment in Mexico.Cambridge, Mass: National Bureau of Economic Research.

Lecca,P., Swales, J.K. &amp Turner, K. (2011). An investigation of issuesrelating to where energy should enter the production function.EconomicModeling,28 (6), 2832-2841.

Lin,C.Y.C., &amp Prince, L. (2013). Gasoline price volatility and theelasticity of demand for gasoline. EnergyEconomics, 38(4),111-117.

Yalcintas,A. (2013). The Problem of Epistemic Cost: Why Do Economists NotChange Their Minds (About the “Coase Theorem”)?. AmericanJournal of Economics and Sociology, 72(5),1131-1157.