By Tony Cleaver
Economics: the fundamentals presents a desirable advent to the most important matters in modern economics. With case stories starting from the espresso plantations of El Salvador to the overseas oil and the commercial slowdown in Japan, it addresses basic questions such as:*Must expanding wealth for a few suggest expanding poverty for others? *Does generating extra foodstuff for humankind suggest we force different species to extinction? *Is it actual that, if we purchase much less espresso, farm earning from Brazil to Kenya take a beating? *Is granting humans estate rights the way to shield fish and natural world shares? *Do we actually need to choose from low unemployment and coffee inflation?Comprehensive and simple to learn, this obtainable guidebook is vital interpreting for someone who desires to know the way economics works and why it is necessary.
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Any change in the factors affecting market demand or supply will trigger price changes and thus a reappraisal of consumer and producer decisions. • A market society thus automatically responds to consumers’ wishes and exogenous shocks, and in so far as people want to buy environmentally friendly produce so the economy will react to those demands and evolve more sustainable production practices. © 2004 Tony Cleaver FURTHER READING Friedman, M. (1953) Essays in Positive Economics, University of Chicago Press.
For any one commodity, a whole range of other factors can be listed. World demand for coffee, for example, is affected by changes in consumers’ incomes, by industry advertising, by collective fashions, tastes and preferences, by competition from alternatives or complementary goods, perhaps even by global changes in the climate. Whatever the price of coffee, if any of these other factors changes it will cause – to a great or lesser extent – a shift in demand. Suppose, for example, the International Coffee Organisation sponsored a successful, world-wide advertising campaign to promote the consumption of coffee.
Employment is not a right. In a market society, any resource will only find it is in demand if it can help produce something that consumers are willing to buy. If this is the case, then as above, the scarcer the resource, the more it will command a high price. Scarcity is a relative concept. There are millions of footballers all over the world but the supply of footballers of the specific talents of individuals such as David Beckham are very few, relative to the demand for their services. Hence such talent can command an exceptional price.