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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: Getting Started
  • Overview
  • Assumptions
  • Limitations
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: The Schedule
  • Set Up
  • Opportunity Cost
  • Changing Cost
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: The Curve
  • Plot
  • Connecting Points
  • Slope and Cost
  • Shape
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Analysis
  • Full Employment
  • Unemployment
  • Growth
  • Resource Quantity and Quality
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Investment
  • Overview
  • Bundle Choices: A
  • Bundle Choices: E
  • Bundle Choices: I
  • Scarcity
  • Unit 5 Summary
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    Production Possibilities

    In this lesson we'll take a trip through production possibilities. Production possibilities is a handy little analysis that lets us consider what the economy is capable of doing, production-wise. We'll see have a production possibilities curve, the cornerstone of this analysis, is derived and how it can be used to understand several important concepts, including opportunity cost, unemployment, investment, and economic growth.

    • The first unit begins this lesson by laying the foundations for production possibilities analysis, especially assumptions and limitations.
    • We turn out attention in the second unit to the production possibilities schedule, a simple table that gives us a first shot on this analysis.
    • The production possibilities curve is then derived from the production possibilities schedule in the third unit, with particular emphasis on the importance of opportunity cost
    • In the fourth unit, we make use of the production possibilities analysis for an understanding of three important concepts: full employment, unemployment, and economic growth.
    • And lastly, the fifth unit uses production possibilities to analyze investment in capital goods as a means of achieving economic growth.

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    BALANCE OF TRADE DEFICIT

    The negative difference of the value of goods and services exported out of a country less the value of goods and services imported into the country. A balance of trade deficit is the official term for negative net exports that occurs when imports exceed exports. A balance of trade deficit is also termed an "unfavorable" balance of trade because it results in a net outflow of monetary payments from the domestic economic to the foreign sector, which tends to be bad for a country. The alternative is a balance of trade surplus in which exports exceed imports.

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    Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time wandering around the shopping mall hoping to buy either a pair of blue silicon oven mitts or a coffee cup commemorating the 2000 Olympics. Be on the lookout for spoiled cheese hiding under your bed hatching conspiracies against humanity.
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