The accompanying diagram illustrates a taxi driver’s individual supply curve (assume that each taxi. 1 answer below »

The accompanying diagram illustrates a taxi driver’s individual supply curve (assume that each taxi ride is the same distance). a. Suppose the city sets the price of taxi rides at $4 per ride, and at $4 the taxi driver is able to sell as many taxi rides as he desires. What is this taxi driver’s producer surplus? (Recall that the area of a right triangle is 1/2 × the height of the triangle × the base of the triangle.) b. Suppose that the city keeps the price of a taxi ride set at $4, but it decides to charge taxi drivers a “licensing fee.” What is the maximum licensing fee the city could extract from this taxi driver? c. Suppose that the city allowed the price of taxi rides to increase to $8 per ride. Again assume that, at this price, the taxi driver sells as many rides as he is willing to offer. How much producer surplus does an individual taxi driver now get? What is the maximum licensing fee the city could charge this taxi driver? 5. Suppose it is decided that rent control in New York City will be abolished and that market rents will now prevail. Assume that all rental units are identical and so are offered at the same rent. To address the plight of residents who may be unable to pay the market rent, an income supplement will be paid to all low – income households equal to the difference between the old controlled rent and the new market rent. a. Use a diagram to show the effect on the rental market of the elimination of rent control. What will happen to the quality and quantity of rental housing supplied? b. Use a second diagram to show the additional effect of the income – supplement policy on the market. What effect does it have on the market rent and quantity of rental housing supplied in comparison to your answers to part a? c. Are tenants better or worse off as a result of these policies? Are landlords better or worse off? Is society as a whole better or worse off?

 

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