## Elasticity of Demand, Business Economics

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Question #1
A baseball team is trying to predict ticket sales for the upcoming season. They are also considering increasing prices. The market has a population of 2 million persons. The team sold 2 million tickets last year.
a—the elasticity of ticket sales with respect to the size of the population is estimated to about 0.8.
i—briefly explain what this number means? Hint—this means if population rises by 10%, what is the relevance of 0.7. (2 Points)

ii—Keeping mind the elasticity of tickets sales with respect to the size of the population is estimated to be 0.7, if the local population increases by 100,000, what does this mean for ticket sales? Please provide the change in the number of ticket’s demanded. (3 Points)

b—currently the ticket price is \$10. The price elasticity of demand for tickets is -0.60. Compute the
predicted change in tickets sold if the price were raised to \$13. Also what is the expected change in total revenue? (4 Points)

c—The typical fan also consumer \$7 worth of refreshments at a game. Would raising ticket prices to
\$12 increase or decrease overall total revenue (ticket revenue and refreshment revenue)? How much would it go up or down? (8 Points)

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