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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 2: Resources Page: 6 of 17

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We have limited resources. Limited resources can be free or scarce.
  • Scarce Resource. A resource is scarce if it can't produce all of the goods people want it to produce.
  • Scarce resource and scarcity are related. Scarcity is the society-wide condition in which resources are limited related to all wants and needs. Scarce resource is the condition that applies to a specific resource.
  • Free Resources. A resource is free if it can produce all of the goods people want it to produce and then some. We can have free resources, even though society faces the condition of scarcity.

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LONG-RUN AVERAGE COST

The per unit cost of producing a good or service in the long run when all inputs under the control of the firm are variable. In other words, long-run total cost divided by the quantity of output produced. Long-run average cost is guided by returns to scale.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time watching infomercials seeking to buy either galvanized steel storage shelves or a large green chalkboard shaped like the state of Maine. Be on the lookout for strangers with large satchels of used undergarments.
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