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Price elasticity of demand of goods X is -2 and goods Y is -3. Which of the two goods is more price elastic and why? - Economics

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Price elasticity of demand of goods X is -2 and goods Y is -3. Which of the two goods is more price elastic and why?

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Solution

According to the inverse relationship between price and quantity demanded, the elasticity of demand is negative. Here, the elasticity of demand for Good Y is −3 and Good X is −2. However, we will not consider the negative sign. Arithmetically, −2 is more than −3, but the elasticity of demand states that −3 is more elastic than −2. Therefore, the demand for Good Y is more elastic than Good X.

Concept: Elasticity of Demand
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