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The Microeconomic Paper tests your ability to apply economic principles to a business decision. Select one situation from the items outlined below: A to D. Complete the paper on the selected situation as specified below. The completed paper is a professional report and is due in Week 3 (150 points). See the grading rubric at the end of this document.  For sources of data, you can choose from the list presented at the end of this document.

 

The following is a list of the specific required information, research, graphs, and math to be included in each answer regardless of the scenario chosen.

 

1.     Demand Determinants:

a.     Each individual determinant analyzed for your situation, with examples applicable to your situation (3 points each) and research (2 points each) showing current demand data or most recent past data, except for the expectations determinant in which you need to use data estimating future market conditions. 

b.     (10 points) Price Elasticity of Demand facing you in your scenario, including actual calculation of it using the midpoint formula. If you can’t find data, then determine the price elasticity from the characteristics and make up numbers to use. Be sure to identify this if you use this approach. This will help you in deciding the slope of your demand curve below.

c.     (10 points) Graph the demand facing your situation. Note that this requires information from the supply determinant analysis before deciding how to draw the curve(s), as you may need a separate MR curve.

2.     Supply Determinants:

a.     Each individual determinant analyzed for your situation, with examples applicable to your situation (3 points each) and research (2 points each) showing current supply data or most recent past data, except for the expectations determinant in which you need to use data estimating future market conditions. 

                                                    i.     (20 points) You need to be very specific in the cost of production determinant to identify fixed, variable, and marginal cost in order to derive your supply curve for the graphing component. You will need to explain and show how profit maximization or loss minimization output and price are determined. You will need to do the math using actual figures [cited] or your own estimated figures [identified as such] and explain why you expect short run economic or normal profits, acceptable loss or temporary shutdown, and how you will know which it is.

                                                   ii.     The number of sellers determinant must contain your analysis of the kind of market structure in which your firm or labor service will be sold.

b.     (10 points) Price Elasticity of Supply you have based on the cost of production changes as output changes, including actual calculation of it using the midpoint formula. If you can’t find data, then determine the price elasticity from the characteristics and make up numbers to use. Be sure to identify this if you use this approach. This will help you in deciding the slope of your supply curve.

c.     (10 points) Graph your supply situation using the numbers from your earlier cost of production analysis.

3.     Recommendations—(40 points) what are your recommendations explained by your analysis?

4.     Paper presentation—(10 points) good format, citations, lack of spelling errors, etc. 

Situation D

 

After hearing of your taking this course in Business Economics, your college friend has emailed you asking for advice on opening a restaurant. Your friend Rajeev reminded you of his popular recipes for Indian food, and shared his dream of building a franchise business modeled on the P.F. Chang chain of restaurants. He reckons that creating special fusion recipes based on a popular ethnic cuisine will provide the restaurant chain with sufficient differentiation to become profitable and to grow nationwide.

 

Luckily before you could find time to answer Rajeev’s email, you read the pieces on Starbucks and opening a restaurant, on page 425 of the textbook. Recognizing the costs and risks for Rajeev, you decide to research the market in terms of supply and demand, elasticity, production costs, pricing, normal profit, and the supply chain for ethnic cuisine. You decide to educate yourself about the restaurant business so you can provide Rajeev with the most informed advice possible.

 

Microeconomic Paper as a Professional Report

 

Your paper should be organized into five parts as listed below.

 

1.     Title Page—Name, course, and date

2.     Introduction to situation, but do NOT copy the scenario. Briefly summarize the situation and identify the microeconomic issue(s) to be decided from the perspective of the organization.      

3.     Relevant Economic Principles: Determinants of Demand, Supply, etc. and Relevant Data

Identify the variables that are critical in addressing the issue(s). Gather and present the relevant data on the variables by searching the DeVry Online Library. Ask a librarian for help if needed. Use in-text citation to report the source(s) of the data. Graphs may be included here.

4.     Recommendations and Economic Justification

Formulate and present your recommendations for addressing the issue(s) based on the relevant data and economic principles identified above. Justify your recommendations in terms of the economic impact on those affected.

5.     References

List the full references for at least five sources alphabetically in APA format.

 

Grading Rubric

 

Section

Points earned

Points

Description

Paper Presentation

 

 

10

Good format, citations, lack of spelling errors, etc.

Correct Title page and Reference pages

Relevant Data: Demand: 30 points

 

Supply: 50 points

 

 

 

 

80

 

Demand Determinants and Research Data (15 points)

Price Elasticity of Demand (10 points)

Graph of Demand (5 points)

 

Supply Determinants and Research Data (15 points + Profit Max/Cost of Production Analysis = 20 points for total of 35 points)

Price Elasticity of Supply (10 points)

Supply graph (5 points)

Recommendations

 

40

 

What are your recommendations explained by your analysis?

Total

 

130

A quality paper meets or exceeds these requirements

 

 

 

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