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WHAT?: One of three basic questions of allocation (the other two are How? and For Whom?). Answering the 'What?' question of allocation determines the types and quantities of goods and services produced with society's limited resources. Should society produce hammocks or hot fudge sundaes? Computers or Cadillacs? Birdfeed or battleships? The production possibilities analysis sets the stage for answering the 'What?' question.

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BEIGE MUNDORTLE
Your compete MICRO*scope for today

You are the type of person who pursues life to the moderate because its just too much effort to be extreme. Family and friends seldom discuss you or anything that you do with others. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time flipping through the yellow pages wanting to buy either a birthday greeting card for your grandfather or a weathervane with a cow on top. Be on the lookout for letters from the Internal Revenue Service. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter E, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 898291. Your preferred shopping venue is discount super centers. Your special symbol is the period (.).


Is this You?

As a Beige Mundortle, you are somewhat dull, somewhat boring, somewhat lusterless. You don't particularly care and you don't really care that you don't care. You know that you have a somewhat drab, lackluster life, and that's just fine with you. You shop when you need to, buy what you have to, and get on with your life. It's just another day, another expenditure. You don't really care to spend a lot of time shopping, but you don't really care to spend a lot of time doing much of anything. Life goes on. So what? Who cares?


This isn't me! What am I?
TAX MULTIPLIER

A measure of the change in aggregate production caused by changes in government taxes. The tax multiplier is the negative marginal propensity to consume times one minus the slope of the aggregate expenditures line. The simple tax multiplier includes ONLY induced consumption. More complex tax multipliers include other induced components. Two related multipliers are the expenditures multiplier, which measures the change in aggregate production caused by changes in an autonomous aggregate expenditure, and the balanced-budget multiplier which measures the change in aggregate production from equal changes in both taxes and government purchases.

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Shopping Around For RETAIL PRICES

It's time for another one of our frequent stops at Mr. Market Super Food Discount Store, this time to check out the story behind retail prices. As consumers, we spend a large fraction of our nonworking, nonsleeping lives wandering grocery stores aisles, searching clothing store racks, and surveying department store displays for the right product at the right price. How do we know, like the name of the long-running game show, if "The Price is Right?" How are retail prices set and do they really tell us the value of a product?
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The 1909 Lincoln penny was the first U.S. coin with the likeness of a U.S. President.
"Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm. "

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