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MARGINAL RETURNS: The change in the quantity of total product resulting from a unit change in a variable input, holding all other inputs fixed. You might recognize this as the definition of marginal product. It is. Marginal returns is an older and more generic term for marginal product. While marginal product has largely replaced marginal returns in most discussions of short-run production, the phrase does persist in a few terms like the law of diminishing marginal returns. When you come upon the phrase marginal returns, more often than not, it's probably referring to marginal product.

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Lesson 11: Circular Flow | Unit 1: Basic Flow Page: 3 of 22

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The three aggregated markets in the circular flow are:
  • Product markets: The combination of all markets in the economy that exchange final goods and services. These markets are the mechanism that exchanges gross domestic product. These are also termed the aggregate market.
  • Factor markets: These markets exchange the services of the economy's resources, or factor of production--labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship. These are also called resource markets.
  • Financial markets: These are markets that trade financial instruments, like stocks and bonds. They play an important role in capital investment.

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AVERAGE REVENUE, PERFECT COMPETITION

The revenue received for selling a good per unit of output sold, found by dividing total revenue by the quantity of output. Average revenue often goes by a simpler and more widely used term... price. For a perfectly competitive firm average revenue is also equal to marginal revenue. Average revenue for a perfectly competitive firm is often depicted by a horizontal average revenue curve.

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