Price floor , economics, Microeconomics

Suppose that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the price floor for cheese, set at $0.17 per pound of cheese. (The price floor is officially set at $16.10 per hundredweight of cheese. One hundredweight is 100 pounds.) At that price, according to data from the USDA, the quantity of cheese produced in 2009 by U.S. producers was 212.5 billion pounds, and the quantity demanded was 211 billion pounds. To support the price of cheese at the price floor, the USDA had to buy up 1.5 billion pounds of cheese. The accompanying diagram shows supply and demand curves illustrating the market for cheese.



a. In the absence of a price floor, how much consumer surplus is created? How much producer surplus? What is the total surplus









b. With the price floor at $0.17 per pound of cheese, consumers buy 211 billion pounds of cheese. How much consumer surplus is created now?












c. With the price floor at $0.17 per pound of cheese, producers sell 212.5 billion pounds of cheese (some to consumers and some to the USDA). How much producer surplus is created now?











d. How much money does the USDA spend on buying up surplus cheese?
1.5 billion pounds or $931,677,018.63





e. Taxes must be collected to pay for the purchases of surplus cheese by the USDA. As a result, total surplus (producer plus consumer) is reduced by the amount the USDA spent on buying surplus cheese. Using your answers for parts b—d, what is the total surplus when there is a price floor? How does this compare to the total surplus without a price floor from part a?
Posted Date: 3/27/2012 7:16:53 PM | Location : United States







Related Discussions:- Price floor , economics, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Price floor , economics, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Price floor , economics Discussions

Write discussion on Price floor , economics
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
causes of monopoly

Consider the following insurance market. There are two states of the world, B and G, and two types of consumers, H and L, who have probabilities pH =0.5 and pL =0.25 (high and low

about visit to village panchayat fo data agriculture based project

What is What is Critical Temperature? Why Critical Temperature is Specified in Equation? Describe critical temperature specification...




Monopoly and Oligopoly help?!? 1. Your firm sells a perfume. The daily demand for your perfume estimated by your economists is given by P=150-5Q Your marginal cost is constant at $

Features of bureaucracy: Impersonal Order: The authority is inherent in the post and not the individual who performs the official role. An official is supposed to have a det

Types of unemployment: Frictional Unemployment: -It refers to unemployment caused by changes in individual labour markets.This is the type of unemployment resulting from peop