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DERIVATION, PRODUCTION POSSIBILITIES CURVE: A production possibilities curve, which illustrates the alternative combinations of two goods that an economy can produce with given resources and technology, is often derived from a production possibilities schedule. This derivation involves plotting each bundle from the production possibilities schedule as a point in a diagram measuring the two goods on the vertical and horizontal axes.

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Lesson 11: Circular Flow | Unit 1: Basic Flow Page: 5 of 22

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The payment flow goes in the opposite direction of the physical flow. A physical commodity goes one direction through markets and payment goes the other.
  • The household sector buys production from the business sector (counter-clockwise flow) in exchange for payment (clockwise flow) through product markets.
  • The business sector buys resources from the household sector (counter-clockwise flow) in exchange for payment (clockwise flow) through factor markets.
  • Revenue received by the business sector for selling goods is used to pay the factors of production.
  • Factor payments become income used by household sector to buy production from the business sector.
  • The circular flow makes about six cycles around the economy each year.

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CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE

Everyone in the economy, 16 years of age or older, who is neither institutionalized nor in the military, and is either employed or unemployed but actively seeking employment. The civilian labor force is the "official" specification for the national economy's labor supply. It is used for such calculations as the unemployment rate and the labor force participation rate. In particular, the unemployment rate is technically specified as the "percent of the civilian labor force that is unemployed." The size of the civilian labor force (along with the wildly popular unemployment rate) is estimated monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from data generated by the Current Population Survey (CPS).

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