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TRADE BARRIER: A restriction, invariably by government, that prevents free trade among countries. The more popular trade restrictions are tariffs, import quotas, and assorted nontariff barriers. An occasional embargo will be even thrown into this mix. The primary use of trade barriers is to restrict imports from entering in country. By restring imports, domestic producers of the restricted goods are protected from competition and are even subsidized through higher prices. Consumers, though, get the short end of this stick with higher prices and a limited choice of goods. In that producers tend to have more political clout than consumers, it's pretty obvious why trade barriers are a "natural" state of affairs.

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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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ACCOUNTING PROFIT

The difference between the revenue received by a firm and the explicit accounting cost incurred. This is the profit listed on a firm's balance sheet, appears periodically in the financial sector of the newspaper, and is reported to the Internal Revenue Service for tax purposes. While accounting profit is the "standard" designation of profit used in the business world, economists prefer to use economic profit

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