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Calculating quantity demanded and elasticity measures

The research department of CFC Railboard estimated the following regression for the demand for its transportation services.
Qx=1-2Px+1.5I+0.8Py-3Pz+1Adv

Where
Qx=quantity of CFC transport in millions of ton-miles per year.
Px=the price of CFC transport in dollars per ton-mile.
Py=the price of Union Atlantic rail transport in dollars per ton-mile.
Pz=the price of Joe the trucker's transport in dollars per ton-mile.
I=total profits of shippers in the market served by CFC in billions of dollars/year
Adv=Advertising expenditures by CFC in millions of dollars per year

This year, the values for explanatory variables are:
Px=$2
Py=$2.50
Pz=$1
I=$4
Adv=$2

1. Estimate the quantity demanded for CFC transport this year.
2. Plot a demand curve for the year, and show the calculations for determining the points used to derive the curve.
3. Estimate the elasticity of demand with respect to each of the explanatory variables.
4. Estimate the quantity demanded next year if CFC reduces its price, and the other explanatory variables change as follows:
Px=$1.8
Py=$2.25
Pz=$1
I=$4.2
Adv=$2.4
5. Plot a demand curve for next year on the same graph as in question 2 above, again showing all calculations.
6. Is Joe the trucker a competitor for CFC Railboard? Explain.

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1. Estimate the quantity demanded for CFC transport this year.
Qx=1-2Px+1.5I+0.8Py-3Pz+1Adv
Put the value of various parameters
Qx=1-2*2+1.5*4+0.8*2.5-3*1+1*2=4
Quantity demanded=4 million of tons-miles

2. Plot a demand curve for the year, and show the calculations for determining the points used to derive the curve.
Qx=1-2Px+1.5I+0.8Py-3Pz+1Adv
Put the value of various parameters keeping Px variable, we get
Qx=1-2Px+1.5*4+0.8*2.5-3*1+1*2=8-2Px
Qx=8-2Px
For Px=0, Qx=8-2*0=8 (keeping the other parameters constant)
For Px=1, Qx=8-2*1=6 (keeping the other parameters constant)
For Px=2, Qx=8-2*2=4 (keeping the other parameters constant)
For Px=3, Qx=8-2*3=2 (keeping the other parameters constant)
For Px=4, Qx=8-2*4=0 (keeping the other parameters ...

Solution Summary

Solution calculates quantity demanded and various elasticity measures in the given case.

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