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HECKSCHER-OHLIN MODEL: A model of international trade developed by Eli Heckscher and Bertil Ohlin, with significant contributions by Paul Samuelson, that relies on the notion that comparative advantage is based on relative natural resource endowments. A nation with large oil reserves will, for example, have a comparative advantage in oil production over another nation with fertile soil, which will have a comparative advantage in agricultural production.

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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: Introduction
  • A Definition
  • Doing Production
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Capital
  • The Industry
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Objectives
  • Staying Alive
  • Profit And Maximization
  • Real World Firms
  • Natural Selection
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: Legal Types
  • Types
  • Proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Corporation
  • Other Options
  • Liability
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: U.S. Firms
  • Legal Types
  • By Industry
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: The Bigger Picture
  • Market Structures
  • Business Sector
  • Unit 5 Summary
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    The Firm

    This lesson investigates the nature of firms, especially those in the U.S. economy, including what they are, what they do, and how they operate. Paying careful attention to this lesson is no guaranteed that Duncan will end up with a multi-billion dollar "dot-com" business, but it won't hurt.

    • The first unit of this lesson, Organizing Production, gets us started with an overview of what firms are and their primary function in the economy -- which is production.
    • In the second unit, Objectives, we take a closer look at what motivates firms, especially the pursuit of profit.
    • The third unit, Legal Types, examines the most common legal forms of business firms, including proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.
    • The fourth unit, U.S. Firms, investigates firms in the United States by the numbers -- including how many, what they are, what they produce.
    • The fifth and final unit, The Bigger Picture, then closes this lesson by discussing the role firms play in the grand economic scheme of things.

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    GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES

    Transfer payments from the government sector to the business sector that do not involve current production. This is one component of the official entry government subsidies less current surplus of government enterprises found in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis that separates national income (the resource cost of production) and gross (and net) domestic product (the market value of production).

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