I have confirmed that both 'supply-demand gap' and 'demand-supply gap' have been used, although the latter is by far more common.

I wonder if X-Y gap suggests that X was higher than Y, or vice-versa?

Many Thanks

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    Regardless of which way round you specify it, (supply-demand or demand-supply), it's still the same gap - a shortfall, because there's not enough supply to meet demand. If there was an oversupply / glut, that wouldn't be referred to as a "gap". – FumbleFingers Jun 28 at 11:33
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    This is about jargon and is better asked on the Economics SE group. – Hot Licks Jun 28 at 12:06
  • Per this chart, both sequences are in common use. – FumbleFingers Jun 28 at 12:12
  • The only real difference is the emphasis on one word or the other (whichever one comes first). – Jason Bassford Jun 28 at 13:49
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    I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on the Economics site. – Greybeard Jun 28 at 13:56

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