Suppose the demand for shoelace eyelets is represented by the equation:
D = 60-p, where p is price, and that supply is represented by the equation S=10+2p-w, where w is the wage rate for eyelet factory workers.
a) Assuming the market wage rate is $10/hour, what is the equilibrium price? What is the equilibrium quantity?
b) What are the equilibrium price and quantity if the wage increases to $16/hr?
c) Use the changes in price and quantity demanded above to calculate the price elasticity of demand. Interpret your result (i.e. what does the elasticity you calculate mean?).