Week 2: Supply and Demand Simulation
December 3, 2012
In the simulation of the city of Atlantis, it demonstrated how supply and demand can shift due to adjustments with prices. The simulation focused on two-bedroom rental properties. We received the expertise of Hal Morgan and Susan Hearst from Good Life Property Management to determine rental prices and how to balance out the supply and demand. Through the simulation, I was able to see that when the rental price of the apartments decreased, there would be an increase in the demand for the apartments. Furthermore, if the price of the apartments increased, then there would be a decrease in the demand. However, to balance out the supply and demand, there needed to be a shift in either the supply or demand.
Throughout the simulation there were a few concepts that dealt with macroeconomics as well as microeconomics. As learned from a previous course, macroeconomics examines nation-level economic facts like GDP, unemployment, foreign trade, and so on. Colander (2010) defines it as the study of the economy as a whole. It considers the problems of inflation, unemployment, business cycles, and growth (p.15). However, microeconomics deals with individuals, families, and companies. Colander defines it has the study of how individual choice is influenced by economic forces (Colander, p.15). One concept in the simulation that dealt with macroeconomics was when there was a price ceiling enforced. As explained by Colander, a price ceiling is a governmental-imposed limit on high a price can be charged, which is usually below the equilibrium price. This is a macroeconomic concept since it was enforced through the government. Another macroeconomic principle presented in the simulation was when there was an increase to the population of Atlantis, since it deals with growth and various economic situations will arise as a result. In...