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LEISURE: The portion of time workers and other people spend not being compensative for work performed when they actively engaged in the production of goods and services. In other words, this is the time people sent off the job. Leisure activities can include resting at home, working around the house (without compensation), engaging in leisure activities (such as weekend sports, watching movies), or even sleeping. Leisure time pursuits becomes increasingly important for economies as they become more highly developed. As technological advances reduce the amount of time people need to spend working to generate a given level of income, they have more freedom to pursue leisure activities. Not only does this promote sales of industries that provide leisure related goods (sports, entertainment, etc.) it also triggers an interesting labor-leisure tradeoff and what is termed the backward-bending labor supply curve.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 1: Economics Page: 2 of 18

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An understanding of economics also involves:

Scarcity. We have limited resources, but unlimited wants and needs. The study of economics is essentially the study of scarcity.
Opportunity Cost. Using resources for one alternative prevents using them for another. Opportunity cost is the highest valued alternative.
Analysis. Economics is an analytical discipline that answers 'What if...?' questions.

Scarcity dictates that we must answer the three basic questions of allocation are:
  • What? What goods and services will be produced with society's resources?
  • How? How will society's resources be used to produce the goods and services?
  • For whom? Who receives the goods and services produced with society's resources?

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ABSTRACTION

Simplifying the complexities of the real world by ignoring (hopefully) unimportant details while doing economic analysis. Abstraction is an essential feature of the scientific method. Hypothesis verification, model construction, and comparative static analysis are not possible without abstraction.

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