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FACTOR PAYMENT: A wage, interest, rent, and profit payment for the services of 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. 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. In the circular flow, these are payments made by the business sector for factor services purchased from the household sector through the financial markets.

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

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  • Why scarcity is considered to be THE economic problem.
  • Why economists say that there are no free lunches.
  • The pervasive problem of scarcity faced by all societies past and present.
  • How we might solve the scarcity problem through limited wants and needs or unlimited resources and why this is unlikely to happen.

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MARGINAL RETURNS

The change in the quantity of total product resulting from a unit change in a variable input, holding all other inputs fixed. Marginal returns is an older and more generic term for marginal product. While marginal product has largely replaced marginal returns in most discussions of short-run production, the phrase does persist in a few terms like the law of diminishing marginal returns.

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The 22.6% decline in stock prices on October 19, 1987 was larger than the infamous 12.8% decline on October 29, 1929.
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