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University of Detroit Mercy

HSA 461

HEALTH ECONOMICS
Lecture 2b


Fall 2007 Maia A. Platt

Textbook: J.W. Henderson, Health Economics and Policy, 3e, South-
Western, a division of Thomson Learning
Chapter 2
Using Economics to Study Health
Issues

Supply and Demand Analysis

1. How to Read Graphs
2. Demand and Supply:
The Law of Demand
The Law of Supply
Equilibrium

3. The Competitive Model
Chapter Overview
Goal of this section
The chapter continues to expand on the
relevance on Economics in health care.
It introduces the fundamental economic
model of supply and demand, and
examines its use in the study of health
care issues.
Supply and Demand: Overview
Demand and Supply are considered by
many to be the two most useful concepts
in Economics.
This chapter will first outline the general
principles of S&D analysis, and then apply
them to the healthcare sector
Demand
A consumers / households decision about the
quantity of a particular good/service to
demand depends on:
1. The price of the product in question.
2. The income available to the household.
3. The number and type of consumers desiring
the commodity
4. The prices of other products (substitutes and
complements) available to the household.
5. The households tastes and preferences.
6. The households expectations about future
income/ wealth, and prices.
Demand in Product/Output Markets
Quantity demanded (Q
d
) is the
amount (number of units) of a
product that a household would buy
in a given time period if it could buy
all it wanted at the current market
price (P).
Changes in Quantity Demanded
Versus Changes in Demand
The most important
relationship in individual
markets is that between
market price and quantity
demanded.
Changes in Quantity Demanded
Versus Changes in Demand
We use the ceteris paribus or all else
equal device, to examine the relationship
between the quantity demanded of a good
per period of time and the price of that
good, while holding income, wealth, other
prices, tastes, and expectations constant.
Changes in Quantity Demanded
Versus Changes in Demand
Changes in price affect the
quantity demanded (Q
d
) per
period
Changes in income, wealth,
other prices, tastes, or
expectations affect demand
(D).
Price and Quantity Demanded:
The Law of Demand
A demand schedule
is a table showing
how much of a given
product a household
would be willing to
buy at different prices.
Demand curves are
usually derived from
demand schedules.
PRICE
(PER CALL)
QUANTITY
DEMANDED
(CALLS PER
MONTH)
$ 0 30
0.50 25
3.50 7
7.00 3
10.00 1
15.00 0
ANNA'S DEMAND
SCHEDULE FOR
TELEPHONE CALLS
Price and Quantity Demanded:
The Law of Demand
The demand curve
is a graph
illustrating how
much of a given
product a
household would
be willing to buy at
different prices.
PRICE
(PER
CALL)
QUANTITY
DEMANDED
(CALLS PER
MONTH)
$ 0 30
0.50 25
3.50 7
7.00 3
10.00 1
15.00 0
ANNA'S DEMAND
SCHEDULE FOR
TELEPHONE CALLS
Price and Quantity Demanded:
The Law of Demand
The law of demand
states that there is a
negative, or inverse,
relationship between
price and the quantity
of a good demanded
and its price.
This means that
demand curves slope
downward.
Shift of Demand Versus
Movement Along a Demand Curve
A change in demand is not
the same as a change in
quantity demanded.
A higher price causes lower
quantity demanded and a
move along the demand
curve D
A
.
Changes in determinants of
demand, other than price,
cause a change in demand,
or a shift of the entire
demand curve, from D
A
to D
B
.
A Change in Demand Versus
a Change in Quantity Demanded
To summarize:
Change in price of a good or service
leads to

Change in quantity demanded
(Movement along the curve).
Change in income, preferences, or
prices of other goods or services
leads to

Change in demand
(Shift of curve).
Other Determinants
of Household Demand
Income is the sum of all
households wages, salaries,
profits, interest payments, rents,
and other forms of earnings in a
given period of time.
The Impact of a Change in Income
Lower income decreases
the demand for most
goods and services in the
economy, including
medical care
Higher income increases
the demand for most
goods and services in
the economy, including
medical care
Other Determinants
of Household Demand
Substitutes are goods that can
serve as replacements for one
another; when the price of one
increases, demand for the other
goes up.
Substitutes
Consider Aleve and Advil: common OTC
pain killers. They can be consumed
interchangeably, or instead of each other
they are substitutes
Demand for Advil therefore depends not
only on price of Advil, but on price of Aleve
too
if P
Advil
Q
d
Advil
D
Aleve

instead
if P
Advil
Q
d
Advil
D
Aleve

instead
Other Determinants
of Household Demand
Complements are goods that go together; a
decrease in the price of one results in an increase
in demand for the other, and vice versa.
For instance, if you undergo a hip-replacement
surgery requiring hospital stay you consume not
only medical services, but also room-and-board
services in that hospital too. Your bill will be sure to
include a bundle of charges for various services,
that must be consumed together.
Complements
Such goods or services that are
consumed together are
complements
if P
Room&board
Q
d
Room&board
D
hip surgeries

together

if P
Room&board
Q
d
Room&board
D
hip surgeries

together
The Impact of a Change
in the Price of Related Goods
Price of hamburger rises
Demand for
complement
good
(ketchup)
shifts left
Demand for
substitute
good
(chicken)
shifts right
Quantity of hamburger
demanded per month falls
Supply in Product/Output Markets
Supply decisions depend on
profit potential.
Profit is the difference
between revenues and costs.
A supply schedule is a
table showing how much
of a product firms will
supply at different prices.
Quantity supplied
represents the number of
units of a product that a
firm would be willing and
able to offer for sale at a
particular price during a
given time period.
PRICE
(PER
BUSHEL)
QUANTITY
SUPPLIED
(THOUSANDS
OF BUSHELS
PER YEAR)
$ 2 0
1.75 10
2.25 20
3.00 30
4.00 45
5.00 45
CLARENCE BROWN'S
SUPPLY SCHEDULE
FOR SOYBEANS
Supply in Product/Output Markets
Price and Quantity Supplied:
The Law of Supply
A supply curve is a graph illustrating how
much of a product a firm will supply per
period of time at different prices.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
0 10 20 30 40 50
Thousands of bushels of soybeans
produced per year
P
r
i
c
e

o
f

s
o
y
b
e
a
n
s

p
e
r

b
u
s
h
e
l

(
$
)
PRICE
(PER
BUSHEL)
QUANTITY
SUPPLIED
(THOUSANDS
OF BUSHELS
PER YEAR)
$ 2 0
1.75 10
2.25 20
3.00 30
4.00 45
5.00 45
CLARENCE BROWN'S
SUPPLY SCHEDULE
FOR SOYBEANS
Price and Quantity Supplied:
The Law of Supply
The law of supply
states that there is a
positive relationship
between price and
quantity of a good
supplied.
This means that
supply curves typically
have a positive slope.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
0 10 20 30 40 50
Thousands of bushels of soybeans
produced per year
P
r
i
c
e

o
f

s
o
y
b
e
a
n
s

p
e
r

b
u
s
h
e
l

(
$
)
Other Determinants of Supply
The cost of producing the good, which in
turn depends on:
The price of required resources / inputs
(labor, capital, and land),
The technologies that can be used to
produce the product,
The prices of related products.
Producers expectations about future
[prices and availability]
Number of producers in the market
A higher price causes
higher quantity
supplied, and a
move along the
demand curve.
A change in determinants
of supply other than price
causes an increase in
supply, or a shift of the
entire supply curve, from
S
A
to S
B
.
Shift of Supply Versus
Movement Along a Supply Curve
In this example, since the
factor affecting supply is not
the price of soybeans but a
technological change in
soybean production, there is
a shift of the supply curve
rather than a movement
along the supply curve.

The technological advance means that
more output can be supplied at any given
price level.
Shift of Supply Curve for Soybeans
Following Development of a New Seed Strain
To summarize:
Change in price of a good or service
leads to

Change in quantity supplied
(Movement along the curve).
Change in costs, input prices, technology, or prices of
related goods and services
leads to

Change in supply
(Shift of curve).
Shift of Supply Versus
Movement Along a Supply Curve
Market Equilibrium
Market equilibrium is the
condition that exists when
quantity supplied and
quantity demanded are
equal.
At equilibrium, there is no
tendency for the market price
to change.
Market Equilibrium
Only in equilibrium
is quantity supplied
equal to quantity
demanded.
At any price level
other than P
0
, such as
P
1
, quantity supplied
does not equal
quantity demanded.
Excess Demand
Excess demand, or
shortage, is the condition
that exists when quantity
demanded exceeds
quantity supplied at the
current price.
When quantity demanded
exceeds quantity supplied,
price tends to rise until
equilibrium is restored.
Excess Supply
Excess supply, or surplus,
is the condition that exists
when quantity supplied
exceeds quantity demanded
at the current price.
When quantity supplied
exceeds quantity demanded,
price tends to fall until
equilibrium is restored.
Changes in Equilibrium
Higher demand leads to
higher equilibrium price and
higher equilibrium quantity.
Higher supply leads to
lower equilibrium price and
higher equilibrium quantity.
Changes in Equilibrium
Lower demand leads to
lower price and lower
quantity exchanged.
Lower supply leads to
higher price and lower
quantity exchanged.
Review Terms and Concepts
complements,
complementary goods
demand curve
demand schedule
equilibrium
excess demand or shortage
excess supply or surplus
firm
households
product or output markets
profit
quantity demanded
quantity supplied
shift of a demand curve
substitutes
supply curve
supply schedule
income
inputs or resources
law of demand
law of supply
market demand
market supply
movement along a
demand curve