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COMPLEMENT-IN-PRODUCTION: One of two goods that are produced jointly using the same resource -- that is, the production of one good automatically triggers the production of the other. The terms "joint products" or "by-products" are two terms commonly used for complements-in-production. A complement-in-production is one of two alternatives falling within the other prices determinant of supply. The other is a substitute-in-production. An increase in the price of one complement-in-production causes a increase in supply of the other. Complements-in-production are goods produced jointly from the same resource or input. This typically happens when the resource in question has parts that can be separated into different products. One example is the production of two goods -- beef and leather -- from one resource -- cattle. Another complement in production example is lumber and sawdust, both produced from a single tree.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 4: Causes Page: 20 of 26

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Re-election seeking politicians is a second explanation for business cycles. Four propositions lay the foundation:
  • An elected leader remains an elected leader only if re-elected.
  • Government can influence economic activity through stabilization policies. Fiscal policy, lower taxes and more spending, can trigger an expansion. The opposite can cause a contraction.
  • Voters re-elect current leader during good times and elect new leaders during bad times. They vote their pocketbooks.
  • Elected leaders know how this process works and give us the recipe for a politically induced business cycles.

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TOTAL REVENUE, PERFECT COMPETITION

The revenue received by a perfectly competitive firm for the sale of its output. Total revenue is one two bits of information a perfectly competitive firm needs to calculate economic profit, the other is total cost. In general, total revenue is the price times quantity--the price received for selling a good times the quantity of the good sold at that price. For a perfectly competitive firm, which receives a single unchanging price for all output sold, the calculation is relatively easy. Two other revenue measures directly related to total revenue are average revenue and marginal revenue. Total revenue is often depicted as a total revenue curve.

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