Please tell me the differences between shifts and movements in demand through illustration.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Of course, we cannot provide you with an illustration on this site.  If you will follow the amosweb link below, you can see an animated illustration of a shift in a demand curve.

When we talk about a shift in demand, we are talking about a movement of the demand curve -- it can move either left or right.  The demand curve has shifted when there is a different quantity demanded at the same price.  So a shift in demand is when consumers are willing to buy more or less of some good or service than they were before at the same price.

By contrast, a movement along a demand curve is caused by a change in price.  Here, consumers are willing to buy more or less, but it is at a different price.


Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on

Soaring plane image

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial