The Effects of Supply Shifts on Producers' Surplus: the Case of Inelastic Linear Supply Curves
This paper derives sufficient conditions (in terms of supply and demand elasticities) for producers to gain under different supply shifts when supply and demand are specified to be linear functions and supply is inelastic. It is shown that regardless of the type of supply shift, producers lose whenever the sum of absolute values of supply and demand elasticities is less than one, while they gain when production takes place in the elastic portion of the demand. In all other cases arising from alternative elasticity configurations simple formulas developed in this paper may be used to determine the direction of change in producers surplus.
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- Martin, Will & Alston, Julian M, 1997. "Producer Surplus without Apology? Evaluating Investments in R&D," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 73(221), pages 146-58, June.
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