# Shift or rise and fall in supply

## Definition:

There are so many factors like cost of production, technology, climatic situation, political situation, taxation policy, prices of substitutes, etc. which can change the supply of a commodity while price remaining constant. The change in quantity supplied of a commodity due to change in the above mentioned factors at constant price, is called shift in supply or rise and fall in supply.

## (1). Fall in Supply

There are two types of fall in Supply.

### First type:

When the price remains constant and quantity supplied decreases due to other factors, it is called fall in supply. It is explained with the help of the following schedule

 Px Qx \$6.00 6 Kg \$6.00 4Kg \$6.00 2Kg

In the above schedule, price \$6.00 remains constant and Qx decreases. According to the above schedule the fall in supply is explained in the diagram.

SS is the original supply curve of the seller, the price \$6 remains constant and supply curve shifts from SS to S'S' and further to S"S". This type of shift in supply is called the fall in supply.

### Second type:

In this type of fall in supply the price of a commodity increases, but the quantity supplied remains constant dug to some other factors and does not take any response of increase in price.

 Px Qx \$6 6Kg \$6 6Kg \$6 6Kg

In the above schedule Px increases from \$2 to \$6 but the Qx = 6 kg remains constant at each increase the price of 'X'. This type of fall in supply is explained by the diagram.

SS is the original supply curve. Px increases from \$2 to \$.6 but the quantity supplied remains constant. So that the SS shifts to S'S' and also to S"S".

## (2). Rise in Supply:

There are two types of rise in supply.

### First type:

When the Px remains constant and quantity supplied increases due to some other factors, it is called rise in supply. It is explained with the help of the following schedule.

 Px Qx \$6 2Kg \$6 4Kg \$6 6Kg

In the above schedule, price \$6 remains constant and Qx increases. According to the above schedule the rise in supply is explained in the diagram.

SS is the original supply curve of seller, the price \$6 remains constant and supply curve shifts from SS to S'S' and further to S"S". This type of shift in supply is called the rise in supply.

### Second Type

In this type of rise in supply, the price of a commodity decreases, but the quantity supplied remains constant due to some other factors and does not take any response of increase in price.

 Px Qx \$6 6Kg \$4 6Kg \$2 6Kg

In the above schedule Px decreases from \$6 to 2. but the Qx = 6 kg remains constant at each decrease in the price of 'X'. This type of rise in supply is explained by the following diagram.

SS is the original supply curve Px decreases from \$6 to \$2 but the quantity supplied remains constant. So that the SS curve shifts to S'S' and also to S"S".

## Cases of rise and fall in supply or determinants of supply

The definition of the law of supply is a conditional statement when we explain the functional relationship between price and quantity supplied, some non-price factors are assumed to be constant. These are also known as factors or determinants of the supply. The determinants are briefly discussed as under:-

### (1) Change in Factors Prices.

There are various factors which are used in the production of commodities. The prices of those factors affect the cost of commodity. If the prices of the factors increase, the supply of a commodity decreases due to increased in the cost of production. And if the prices of these factors decrease, it will result in decreasing the cost of production and the supply of a commodity will increase.

### (2) Changes in Technology.

The technique of production of a commodity also affects the cost of production. New inventions or improved methods of production decrease the cost of production; it will result in the increase in supply of a commodity and the supply curve shifts upward from its original curve.

### (3) Means of Transport and Communications.

The means of transport and communications are roads, railways, aero planes, ships, telephones, TV., radio etc. These means are important factors for economic growth of an economy. By the provision and improvement of these means, people can sell their products in all markets in a short time. Especially, the supply of perishable goods (Fruit, vegetables) can be ensured due to fast means of transport and communication.

### (4) Climatic Changes.

The weather conditions affect the supply of agricultural products. There will be possibility of bomber crops due to favorable climatic conditions. On the other hand, the supply of agricultural products decreases in the presence of natural calamities or unfavorable weather conditions, e.g. if rain is not timely and plentiful, it will cause lower the supply of crops.

### (5) Political Conditions.

The political stability or instability affects the supply of goods in the economy. The stable law and order situation encourages the local as well as foreign investment progress. The supply curve shifts to the left or downward of the original supply curve due to some kinds of political disturbances e.g. War, dictatorship, changes in
governments, weak political institutions etc. The stable government system is necessary for a stable economy.

### (6) Taxation Policy.

The Taxation policy of a government directly affects 1he supply of locally manufactured goods as well as imports. If government levies heavy taxes, the supply of imports decreases. This policy will also affect the investment progress. The supply curve shifts upward or down ward by decreasing or increasing the rate of taxes.

### (7) Future Expectations.

The goal of a firm is to maximize its profit. If an entrepreneur expects higher profits in the future, he will take the risk of more investment and the goods are produced on large scale. It will result to increase in the supply of commodity and the supply curve will shift upward.

### (8) Scientific Development

If scientific methods are developing in a country the cost of production is decreasing due to the new discoveries and inventions. Then the quantity supplied will increase.

### (9) Union Of Sellers

If the sellers are prepared to organize their union or cartels and do not compete with each other the prices will have no tendency to fall inspite of decrease in supply.