Calculating the effects of protectionist subsidies – an IB HL exercise

Assume that the government of Bangladesh wishes to increase the production of leather by its domestic leather manufacturers, and simultaneously decrease the amount of leather products imported into the country. The government provides a subsidy of $2 per kilo of leather. The result is as follows:

  • Before the subsidy, the quantity of leather produced in Bangladesh was 10 million kilos, and 20 million kilos were imported at a price of $5 per kilo.
  • After the subsidy, the quantity of leather produced in Bangladesh is 15 million kilos, and only 15 million kilos are now imported. the price is still $5 per kilo.
  • Assume that at any price below $1, the domestic quantity supplied would be zero (in other words, the domestic supply curve begins at $1.
The video below explains how to illustrate the effects of a subsidy on the market for leather in Bangladesh. After watching the video, complete the questions that follow. (You will notice that the video does not answer the questions for you, because it does not calculate the various areas you are asked to calculate below).

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