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SCARCITY RENT: The marginal opportunity cost imposed on future generations by extracting one more unit of a resource today. Scarcity rent is one of two costs the extraction of a finite resource imposes on society. The other is marginal extraction cost--the opportunity cost of resources employed in the extraction activity. Scarcity rent is the cost of "using up" a finite resource because benefits of the extracted resource are unavailable to future generations. Efficiency is achieved when the resource price--the benefit society is willing to pay for the resource today--is equal to the sum of marginal extraction cost and scarcity rent.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 2: Looking Behind GDP Page: 13 of 25

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In this unit, you should have learned something about:
  1. Measuring economic production using market transactions.
  2. Market transactions of past and future production that are NOT economic production and are excluded from GDP.
  3. Economic production of in-kind activities that do NOT involve market transactions but are included in GDP.
  4. Economic production of home production that do NOT involve market transactions and are excluded from GDP.
  5. Economic production of illegal activities that do involve market transactions but are excluded from GDP.


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AVERAGE FACTOR COST CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between average factor cost incurred by a firm for employing an input and the quantity of input used. Because average factor cost is essentially the price of the input, the average factor cost curve is also the supply curve for the input. The average factor cost curve for a firm with no market control is horizontal. The average revenue curve for a firm with market control is positively sloped.

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