# 1.4 Assignment: Analyzing Elasticity

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. In your textbook, Economics for Managers, review:
1. Chapter 2, â€œDemand, Supply and Equilibrium Pricesâ€
2. Chapter 3, â€œDemand Elasticitiesâ€
3. Antonioâ€™s is struggling to try to keep up with demand for its regionally popular tacos, burritos, and Southwestern salads.  They have hired you as an economic consultant to assist them with some important pricing issues facing the firmâ€™s 55 restaurants.  Their questions are the following:
1. We are perplexed with the outcome of certain price changes at our restaurants.  Prior to the pandemic, we sold our Mexican combo, consisting of one beef or chicken taco, one beef or chicken burrito, and one small cup of refried beans for \$5.95.  At that time, our average shop was selling 600 Mexican combos each week.  Once the pandemic hit, our commodity inputs rose in price as did the cost of our labor.  We hesitantly raised the price to \$6.95, anticipating a major reduction in the weekly quantity of demand.  To our amazement, average sales per store only declined by 15 combos per week.  Please calculate the coefficient of price elasticity of the combo meal using the Midpoints Formula.
2. As a budding economist, what can you conclude about the price elasticity of our combo meals?  Did our combo meals prove to be elastic or inelastic in nature?  Explain.
3. Senior management has directed shop managers to listen very closely to customers as it relates to this and other price changes at the shop.  Without exception, our customers enjoy our products so much, they often state that even after the increase, â€œthey would purchase the combo meals at one dollar more, without hesitation.â€  What does this information infer to you relative to the â€œpricing powerâ€ we have with our combo meals?  What does this infer in terms of the comboâ€™s â€œconsumer surplus?â€
4. management is stunned by their consumersâ€™ lack of price responsiveness to the combo meals.  Understanding that our reduction in sales has been minimal, and the fact that consumers continue to speak so highly of the combo meals, does this suggest that Antonioâ€™s might consider another price increase to the \$7.25 to \$7.75 range?  Explain your rationale for your conclusion on future pricing.
5. Complete the case study by addressing each of the four questions and posting your analysis with a Word or similar file.  Show all work on the calculations.

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