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Problem 2.28

Consider the following sequence of events in the U.S. market for strawberries during the years 1998-2000:

  • 1998: Uneventful. The market price was $5 per bushel, and 4 million bushels were sold.
  • 1999: There was a scare over the possibility of contaminated strawberries from Michigan. The market price was $4.50 per bushel, and 2.5 million bushels were sold.
  • 2000: By the beginning of the year, the scare over contaminated strawberries ended when the media reported that the initial reports about the contamination were a hoax. A series of floods in the Midwest, however, destroyed significant portions of the strawberry fields in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. The market price was $8 per bushel, and 3.5 million bushels were sold.

Find linear demand and supply curves that are consistent with this information.

Hint: shifts in supply will allow you to find the demand curve and shifts in demand will allow you to find the supply curve.

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