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SOCIAL SCIENCE: The scientific study of society--of human behavior and of social interactions. Several social sciences are economics, sociology, political science, and anthropology. Economics is considered a social science because it seeks to explain how society deals with the scarcity problem.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 2: Resources Page: 8 of 17

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  • The use of limited resources (factors of production) to produce goods and services that satisfy wants and needs.
  • The four basic types of resources: labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship.
  • Labor as the human effort used to produce goods.
  • Capital as the manufactured resource used in production.
  • Land as the natural resources that provide the materials used in goods.
  • Entrepreneurship as the factor that combines other resources in the production process.
  • Differences between limited, scarce, and free resources.
  • The fuzzy areas of overlap between the different types of resources.

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ECONOMIC RESOURCE

A resource with an available quantity less than its desired use. Economic, or scarce, resources are also called factors of production and generally classified as either labor, capital, land, or entrepreneurship. Economic resources are the workers, equipment, raw materials, and organizers that are used to produce economic goods. Like the more general society-wide condition of scarcity, a given resource falls into the economic or scarce category because of it has a limited availability relative to (potentially unlimited) productive uses.

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