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PERFECT COMPETITION, LOSS MINIMIZATION: A perfectly competitive firm is presumed to produce the quantity of output that minimizes economic losses, if price is greater than average variable cost but less than average total cost. This is one of three short-run production alternatives facing a firm. The other two are profit maximization (if price exceeds average total cost) and shutdown (if price is less than average variable cost).

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Lesson 17: Money | Unit 2: More About Money Page: 7 of 25

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Another function of money is store of value.
  • It means that we retain the value, the satisfaction of wants and needs, provided by a good over a period of time.

Ways to store of value:

  • Buy a product and store it for a week.
  • Buy a gift certificate and redeem it after a week.
  • Buy another good, keep it for a week, sell it and then use this money to buy a product.
  • Keep the money one week or then buy the good.

A potential problem:

  • If the price of the good rises money becomes a less effective means of storing value.
  • Price inflation is the nemesis for the store of value function of money.

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BALANCE ON SERVICES

A subset of the balance of payments current account that records the difference between the payments received for exports of services to other nations and the payments made for the imports of services from other nations. The flow of payments is for intangible services, not for physical or tangible goods. The balance on services is thus appropriately divided into services exported and services imported. Two other subsets of the current account include the balance on merchandise trade and unilateral transfers. The commonly termed balance of trade is the sum of the balance on merchandise trade and the balance on services.

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