(i) The Write Easy Company manufactures a variety of pens selling for $2.98 each. Sales have averaged 10,000 units per month during the last year.

3. (i) The Write Easy Company manufactures a variety of pens selling for $2.98 each. Sales have averaged 10,000 units per month during the last year. Recently Write Easy’s closest competitor, Joy Write Company cut its prices on similar pens from $3.49 to $2.59. As a result Write Easy’s sales declined to 8,000 units per month.

(a) Calculate the arc cross price elasticity of demand between Write Easy’s and Joy Write’s pens.

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(b) If Write Easy knows its own arc price elasticity of demand for its pens to be -2.2, what price would they have to charge in order to restore their monthly sales back to 10,000 units? (Assume that Joy Write maintains its price at $2.59.)

Show and explain all calculations.

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