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NORMAL PROFIT: The opportunity cost of using entrepreneurial abilities in the production of a good, or the profit that could have been received in another business venture. Like the opportunity costs of other resources, normal profit is deducted from revenue to determine economic profit. It is, however, never included as an accounting cost when accounting profit is computed.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 2: Looking Behind GDP Page: 7 of 25

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Slice A includes market transactions that are NOT economic production, and are excluded from GDP.

Two activities in slice A:

  • Future production. Intermediate goods will become part of GDP in the future when production is finished. To avoid double counting, we exclude these market transactions.
  • Past production. Used items (cars, houses) produced before the start of our current time period. Because they are not current production and were included in GDP in a previous year, they are excluded from GDP

Slice A is excluded from GDP.


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RESOURCE PRICE, AGGREGATE SUPPLY DETERMINANT

One of three categories of aggregate supply determinants assumed constant when the aggregate supply curve is constructed, and which shifts the aggregate supply curve when it changes. An increase in a resource price causes a decrease (leftward shift) of the short-run aggregate supply curve. A decrease in a resource price causes an increase (rightward shift) of the short-run aggregate supply curve. The other two categories of aggregate supply determinants are resource quantity and resource quality. Specific determinants falling into this general category include wages and energy prices. Anything affecting the prices paid for the use of labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship is also included.

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