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FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT: The acquisition of controlling interest in foreign firms and businesses from one country in another country. Abbreviated FDI, foreign direct investment can also take the form of constructing factories, structures and equipment (or any form of physical capital) in foreign soil. FDI does not include foreign investment into the stock markets (portfolio investment). Most economists consider foreign direct investment more useful than portfolio investment since this last one is generally regarded as temporal and can leave the foreign country at the first sign of trouble. FDI on the other hand, is considered more durable and with larger economic (potential) benefits.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 1: Measuring Production Page: 3 of 25

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A second phrase to highlight is 'final goods and services'.
  • Production generally involves several intermediate steps which involves market exchanges of intermediate goods. GDP measures only the market value of final goods.
  • The cost of intermediate goods is already included in the price and thus the market value of finished product when sold to final users.
  • To avoid double counting, GDP does not separately include the market value of any intermediate goods.
Final goods are those reaching their final user and include: household consumption, business investment in capital, government purchases, and exports.

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LONG-RUN AVERAGE COST

The per unit cost of producing a good or service in the long run when all inputs under the control of the firm are variable. In other words, long-run total cost divided by the quantity of output produced. Long-run average cost is guided by returns to scale.

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