Measurement of Elasticity of Demand

There are three methods of measuring
price elasticity of demand.
1. The Percentage Method:
It is also known as ratio method,
when we measure the ratio as:
ep =P
%Q= percentage change in demand
%P = Percentage change in price
2. Total Outlay Method:
Marshall suggested that the simplest
way to decide whether demand is
elastic or inelastic is to examine the
change in total outlay of the consumer
or total revenue of the firm.
Total Revenue = ( Price x Quantity Sold)
TR = (P x Q) Where there is inverse relation between Price and Total Outlay, demand is elastic.Direct relation means inelastic. Elasticity is unity when Total Outlay is constant.
3. Point or Geometrical Elasticity:
When the demand curve is a straight
line, it is said to be linear. Graphically,the point elasticity of a linear demand curve is shown by the ratio of the segments of the line to the right and to the left of the particular point.

Point Elasticity=Lower segment of the

demand curve below the given
Upper segment of the demand curve above the given point

Where ‘ep’ stands for point elasticity, ‘L’
stands for the lower segment and ‘U’ for
the upper segment.

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