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COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE: The ability to produced one good at a relatively lower opportunity cost than other goods. While pointy-headed economists developed this idea for nations, it's extremely important for people. A comparative advantage means that no matter how good (or bad) you are at producing stuff, there's always something that you're best (or least worst) at doing. Moreover, because you can produce this one thing by giving up less than what others give up, you can sell it or trade it to them. This idea of comparative advantage means that people and nations can benefit by specialization and exchange. You do what you do best, then trade to someone else for what they do best. Both sides in this trade get more and are thus better off after than before.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 4: Analysis Page: 14 of 24

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We can use production possibilities to illustrate the full employment condition.
  • Full employment is the condition that exists when all available resources are engaged in the production of goods and services.
  • Full employment can be interpreted as any bundle that places the economy ON the production possibilities curve, including D and J.
  • L does not fully employ all resources.
  • M is not attainable.

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MARGINAL ANALYSIS

A basic technique used in economics that analyzes small, incremental changes in key variables. Marginal analysis is the primary analytical approached used in the study of markets, production, consumption, business cycles, and economic policies. It not only reflects how most economic decisions are made, it also lends itself to mathematical and graphical analysis.

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