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UTILITY MEASUREMENT: A quantification of the satisfaction of wants and needs achieved through the consumption of goods and services. In principle, utility measurement can take one of two forms: (1) cardinal, which is based on numerical values (1, 2, 3, etc.) and (2) ordinal which is based on rankings (first, second, third, etc.). While the hypothetical instructional analysis of utility relies on cardinal utility, ordinal utility is a more realistic way to measure satisfaction.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 2: Resources Page: 5 of 17

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Here's how our four resources work together in the production process:
  • Land provides the basic raw materials that become the good.
  • Labor provides the human efforts that transform the materials into a good. They do the work.
  • Capital makes labor's production task easier and more effective. These are the tools.
  • Entrepreneurship undertakes the risk of beginning the whole production process and bringing the other three resources together.

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MARKET-ORIENTED ECONOMY

A mixed economy that relies heavily on markets to answer the three questions of allocation, but with a modest amount of government involvement. While it is commonly termed capitalism, the term market-oriented economy is much more descriptive of the structure of the economy. The United States is the primary example of a market-oriented economy.

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