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Price elasticities of demand are minus one-half

  • Clements, Kenneth W.

As an empirical regularity for broad groups, price elasticities of demand are scattered around minus one-half, a result not inconsistent with preference independence. When nothing is known about the price-sensitivity of a good, a reasonable first approximation to its price elasticity is minus one-half.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 99 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 490-493

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