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INFLATION PROBLEMS: Two notable problems are associated with inflation: uncertainty and haphazard redistribution. Inflation, especially inflation that varies from month to month and year to year, makes long-term planning quite difficult. Prices, wages, taxes, interest rates, and other nominal values that enter into consumer, business, and government planning decisions can be significantly affected by inflation. Moreover, inflation tends to redistribute income and wealth in a haphazard manner; some people win and some people lose. But this redistribution might not that desired by society, failing to promote any of the basic economic goals of efficiency, equity, stability, growth, or full-employment.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 3: Opportunity Cost Page: 11 of 17

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  • The basic concept of opportunity cost as the highest valued alternative foregone in the pursuit of an activity.
  • How the fact that limited resources have alternative uses intertwines the notion of opportunity cost and the basic problem of scarcity.
  • Why economic cost is synonymous with opportunity cost.
  • Why opportunity cost need not be measured in money terms.
  • The difference between explicit and implicit opportunity cost.

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TECHNOLOGY

The sum of the knowledge and information that society has acquired concerning the use of resources in the production of goods and services. Technology often takes the form of scientific knowledge (the best combination of chemicals to make a long-lasting floor wax), but can also be plain old common sense (irrigate during a drought, not during a flood). Whether scientific or common sense, technology affects the technical efficiency with which resources are combined in production.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time wandering around the shopping mall trying to buy either a tall storage cabinet with five shelves and a secure lock or a birthday greeting card for your grandmother. Be on the lookout for pencil sharpeners with an attitude.
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