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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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SHORT-RUN PRODUCTION ALTERNATIVES

A firm faces three production options in the short run based on a comparison between price, average total cost, and average variable cost. If price is greater than average total cost, a firm earns an economic profit by producing the quantity that equates marginal revenue with marginal cost. If price is less than average total cost but greater than average variable cost, a firm incurs an economic loss, but produces the quantity that equates marginal revenue with marginal cost. If price is less than average variable cost, a firm shuts down production in the short run, incurring an economic loss equal to total fixed cost.

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