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LRTC: The abbreviation for long-run total cost, which is the opportunity cost incurred by all of the factors of production used in the long run (when all inputs are variable) by a firm to produce of a good or service, including wages paid to labor, rent paid for the land, interest paid to capital owners, and a normal profit paid to entrepreneurs. Unlike short-run total cost, long-run total cost can not be separated into fixed cost and variable cost. In the long run, all inputs are variable, so all cost is variable.

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Unit 1: The Macroeconomy
  • An Economy
  • Macroeconomics
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Macro Problems
  • The Goals
  • Unemployment
  • Inflation
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: Business Cycles
  • Instability
  • Causes
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Policies
  • Government
  • Viewpoints
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Issues
  • Policies
  • Theories
  • Unit 5 Summary
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    Macro Basics

    In lesson, we move into the formal study of macroeconomics, laying the groundwork for lessons to come. In particular, this lesson introduces several important macroeconomics concepts and notions. Among the list of more important notions are the role an economy plays in the study of macroeconomics, the two key macroeconomic problems of inflation and unemployment, how these problems are related business-cycle instability, and economic stabilization policies designed to correct these problems.

    • The first unit of this lesson lays the foundation of for the study of macroeconomics, introducing the nature of an economy and providing a little information about the U.S. economy.
    • In the second unit, we examine some of the more notable macroeconomics problems, especially production, unemployment, and inflation.
    • We then take a look at the importance of business cycles in the macroeconomy, including recent trends in business cycle activity and a few potential business cycle causes.
    • The fourth unit then examines the role that economic policies play in the macroeconomy.
    • The firth unit wraps up this lesson with a few thoughts about the connection between political philosophies, economic policies, and economic theories.

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    MARGINAL UTILITY CURVE

    A curve illustrating the relation between the marginal utility obtained from consuming an additional unit of good and the quantity of the good consumed. The negative slope of the marginal utility curve reflects the law of diminishing marginal utility. The marginal utility curve also can be used to derived the demand curve.

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