Understanding Consumer Surplus
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Last updated 15 Dec 2020
Consumer surplus is a measure of the economic welfare that people gain from consuming goods and services.
Consumer surplus is the difference between the total amount that consumers are willing and able to pay for a good or service (shown by the demand curve) and the total amount they actually do pay (i.e. the market price).
Consumer surplus is indicated by the area under the demand curve and above the market price.