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HYPERINFLATION: Exceptionally high inflation rates. While there are no hard and fast guidelines, an annual inflation rate of 20 percent or more is likely to get you the hyperinflation title. Some countries in the past have been quite good at creating hyperinflation. An annual inflation rate of 1,000 percent has not been uncommon. On occasion, the trillion percent inflation rate mark has been achieved. (That is, something with a one dollar price tag in early January would have a one trillion dollar price in late December. We're talking serious hyperinflation.)

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 3: The Curve Page: 13 of 24

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  • How to construct a production possibilities curve using the numbers in a production possibilities schedule.
  • How to calculate the slope of a production possibilities curve and how that slope relates to opportunity cost.
  • How the law of increasing opportunity cost gives rise to the convex (bowed out) shape of the production possibilities curve.


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MARGINAL COST AND LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL RETURNS

Decreasing then increasing marginal cost, reflected by a U-shaped marginal cost curve, is the result of increasing then decreasing marginal returns. In particular the decreasing marginal returns is caused by the law of diminishing marginal returns. As such, the law of diminishing marginal returns affects not only the short-run production of a firm but also the cost of short-run production. This translates into a positively-sloped supply curve for profit-maximizing competitive firms.

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