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RELATIVE POVERTY LEVEL: The amount of income a person or family needs to purchase a relative amount of basic necessities of life. These basic necessities are identified relative to the current structure of society and the economy. For example, while a refrigerator would be a basic necessity for someone living in the our modern U.S. economy, it probably would not be consider a necessity for nomads of sub-Saharan Africa or aborigines of Australia.

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Chunk C also is economic production that does NOT involve market transactions.

It includes household productive activities, such as cooking, cleaning, home repairs, and entertainment.

  • Hiring others for these tasks would be market transactions included in GDP.
  • If tasks are done personally, without pay, there is no market transaction and no record of production.
  • While information needed to estimate the value of household production could be collected, it might be more trouble than it's worth.

Chunk C is excluded from GDP.


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AVERAGE FIXED COST CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between average fixed cost incurred by a firm in the short-run product of a good or service and the quantity produced. This curve is constructed to capture the relation between average fixed cost and the level of output, holding other variables, like technology and resource prices, constant. The average fixed cost curve is one of three average curves. The other two are average total cost curve and average variable cost curve. A related curve is the marginal cost curve.

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