Microeconomics Research Paper

The purpose of this milestone is for students to begin their firm analysis from a microeconomic perspective, applying concepts learned in Modules One, Two, and Three. Specifically, students will examine the supply and demand conditions for the goods or services the firm produces, paying special attention to how sales and product development have evolved over time. Students will then apply the elasticity concept to determine how the price elasticity of demand for the firm’s goods or services would be categorized, and they will examine what that suggests for the firm’s ability to increase or decrease prices.

Prompt: Submit a draft of the supply and demand conditions (Section II) and price elasticity of demand (Section III) of your research paper, including all critical elements listed below. You will analyze data on firm sales and in the market overall to identify trends and inform your recommendation for the firm’s future actions. You will also use available data to determine the price elasticity for the goods or services your firm produces and explain the factors that influence consumers’ reactions and the firm’s pricing decisions.

Specifically the following critical elements must be addressed:

  1. Explore the supply and demand conditions for your firm’s product.

    1. a)  Evaluate trends in demand over time and explain their impact on the industry and the firm. You should consider including annual sales figures for

      the product your firm sells.

    2. b)  Analyze information and data related to the demand and supply for your firm’s product(s) to support your recommendation for the firm’s

      actions. Remember to include a graphical representation of the data and information used in your analysis.

  2. Examine the price elasticity of demand for the product(s) your firm sells.

    1. a)  Analyze the available data and information, such as pricing and the availability of substitutes, and justify how you determine the price elasticity of demand for your firm’s product.

    2. b)  Explain the factors that affect consumer responsiveness to price changes for this product, using the concept of price elasticity of demand as your guide.

    3. c)  Assess how the price elasticity of demand impacts the firm’s pricing decisions and revenue growth.

RubricGuidelines for Submission: Your paper must be submitted as a two- to three-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman

font, one-inch margins, and sources cited in APA format.

Instructor Feedback: This activity uses an integrated rubric in Blackboard. Students can view instructor feedback in the Grade Center. For more information, review these instructions.

Critical Elements

Proficient (100%)

Needs Improvement (75%)

Not Evident (0%)

Value

Conditions: Impact

Effectively evaluates trends in demand over time and explains their impact on the industry and the firm

Evaluates trends in demand over time, but evaluation is ineffective or does not explain their impact on the industry and firm

Does not evaluate trends in demand over time

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Conditions: Firm’s Actions

Analyzes information and data related to the demand and supply for the firm’s product(s) to support recommendation for the firm’s actions and includes graphical representation of data and information

Analyzes information and data related to the demand and supply for the firm’s product(s), but information and data do not support recommendation for the firm’s actions or do not include graphical representation of data and information

Does not analyze information and data related to the demand and supply for the firm’s product(s)

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Price Elasticity of Demand: Analyze

Analyzes the available data and information and justifies how the price elasticity of demand for the firm’s product was determined

Analyzes the available data and information, but does not justify how the price of elasticity of demand for the firm’s product was determined

Does not analyze the available data and information to determine the price elasticity of demand

18

Price Elasticity of Demand: Consumer Responsiveness

Explains the factors that affect consumer responsiveness to price changes for the product using the concept of price elasticity of demand as a guide

Explains the factors that affect consumer responsiveness to price changes for the product, but does not use the concept of price elasticity of demand as a guide

Does not explain the factors that affect consumer responsiveness to price changes for the product

18

Price Elasticity of Demand: Pricing Decisions

Accurately assesses how the price elasticity of demand impacts the firm’s pricing decisions and revenue growth

Assesses how the price elasticity of demand impacts the firm’s pricing decisions and revenue growth, but assessment is inaccurate

Does not assess how the price elasticity of demand impacts the firm’s pricing decisions and revenue growth

18

Articulation of Response

Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization

Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas

Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas

10

 

Earned Total

100%

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