MICRO Economics

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APPLIED WRITING Weighting: 25% Requirement: Answer the questions relating to a newspaper article Word limit: 1250 words

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The Article


Butter shortage to drive up price of baked goods over Christmas

6:28am Oct 26, 2017

A nationwide butter shortage is pushing up the prices of cakes, pies and biscuits and it’s expected to get worse before the Christmas rush.

Consumers are being warned of a Christmas season filled with pricey baked goods as Australian butter prices skyrocket more than 140 percent in 18 months, the Daily Telegraphreports.

The shortage is being blamed on a number of factors, including changing trends, such as more consumers choosing full cream milk rather than skim.

In the last year, consumers have also trended towards buying butter rather than margarine, stripping the supply even further.

And to make things worse, milk production dropped seven percent last year.

The butter shortage will leave Australians forking out extra cash for baked goods. Prices for butter have skyrocketed up to 140 percent in the last 18 months.

President of the National Bakery Industry Association, Brett Noy, said bakeries have been forced to switch to French butter because the cost in Australia is just too high.

“Over a year ago a 25kg box of Australian butter was $100, now it hits $240. We don’t want to see a shift away from support of local dairy farmers but we are trying the best we can to keep prices down at the till,” Mr Noy told the Telegraph.

Some bakers are now considering the ‘controversial decision’ to use margarine in their baked goods instead of butter.

“We don’t want this. There will be a big impact on taste and nutritional value,” Mr Noy said.

The butter shortage is expected to continue into 2018.


Please read the Article ‘Butter shortage to drive up price of baked goods over Christmas published on October 26th 2017 and answer the following questions:


  • Assuming butter is sold in a purely competitive market; use the supply and demand diagram to describe, ceteris paribus, the major factors contributing to the nationwide butter shortage and its impact on equilibrium price and quantity. In your discussion make sure to explain the process of moving to the new equilibrium output and price. (5 marks)


  • (a) Using the determinants of price elasticity of demand, discuss whether you think the elasticity of demand for butter to be inelastic or elastic? (4 marks)

(b) If the market demand for baked goods is price inelastic explain what will happen to the total consumer expenditure in that market stemming from the butter shortage. Specify any assumptions you make. (6 marks)


  1. Use the supply and demand diagram to explain the impact on at least two other markets affected by the butter shortage and where the equilibrium outcomes are different. In your discussion specify your assumptions and explain the equilibrating process in the related market(s) in terms of the new equilibrium output and price and how they differ. (7 marks)



Your assignment will also be assessed on how effectively you can communicate with the reader; i.e. how well you have presented your arguments and ensured your analysis is logical and consistent.

Consequently, 3 marks will be awarded for effective writing including proper grammar, referencing and formatting. Importantly, make sure you use appropriate diagrams in your analysis. Please check the FAQs for Assignment 2 if you have further questions on this assignment.


Total marks: 25 marks

The book name is MICRO Economics and the unit name is (Principles of Economics)


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