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ELASTIC DEMAND: Relatively small changes in demand price cause relatively larger changes in quantity demanded. Elastic demand means that changes in the quantity demanded are relatively responsive to changes in the demand price. An elastic demand has a coefficient of elasticity greater than one (the negative value is ignored). You might want to compare elastic demand to inelastic demand, elastic supply, and inelastic supply.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 5: THE Problem Page: 16 of 17

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Can we solve the scarcity problem?

Solutions:

  • Make unlimited resources: A solution to a world constrained by limited resources is a world of unlimited resources. It could happen. But is unlikely, even with technological advances.
  • Make wants and needs limited: Another solution could be that everyone has limited wants and needs. Unlimited wants and needs seems basic to human nature. Would we want to make wants an needs limited?

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FACTOR PAYMENTS

Payments made to scarce resources, or the factors of production (labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship), in return for productive services. Factor payments are frequently categorized according to the services of the productive resource being rewarded. Wages are paid for the services of labor; interest is the payment for the services of capital, rent is the services for land, and profit is the factor payment to entrepreneurship.

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