What are the possible essay questions that can be asked related to price elasticity?    

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Because price elasticity (of supply or demand) is a relatively simple concept, there are not that many different types of essay questions that can be asked.

Price elasticity is a measure of how much the quantity demanded (or supplied) of a product goes up or down when the price of the product changes.  Because the concept is this simple, the only really good type of essay question (for a basic level course in economics) is one that asks why certain goods are highly elastic and others are not.

So, you could simply ask

  • Describe the factors that cause demand for a product to be elastic and explain why each factor leads to elastic demand.  (You could do the same for supply or for inelastic products.)

Or you could say

  • Pick two products and explain which one will have a greater price elasticity of demand and why this will be the case.

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