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ABSOLUTE POVERTY LEVEL: The amount of income a person or family needs to purchase an absolute amount of the basic necessities of life. These basic necessities are identified in terms of calories of food, BTUs of energy, square feet of living space, etc. The problem with the absolute poverty level is that there really are no absolutes when in comes to consuming goods. You can consume a given poverty level of calories eating relatively expensive steak, relatively inexpensive pasta, or garbage from a restaurant dumpster. The income needed to acquire each of these calorie "minimums" vary greatly. That's why some prefer a relative poverty level.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 4: Analysis Page: 15 of 24

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We can use production possibilities to illustrate unemployment, too.
  • Unemployment is the condition that exists when some available resources are NOT engaged in the production of goods and services.
  • Unemployment is interpreted as any bundle that places the economy INSIDE the production possibilities curve.
  • With unemployment we don't get as much production as with full employment.
  • Unemployment is as any bundle, such as L, inside the curve.
  • M is not attainable.
  • Unemployment applies to all types of resources.

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The proportion of household income that is used for consumption expenditures. The average propensity to consume (abbreviated APC) is really nothing more than average consumption. Together with the average propensity to save, it indicates how a given level of income is divided between consumption and saving. A related consumption measure is the marginal propensity to consume.

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It's estimated that the U.S. economy has about $20 million of counterfeit currency in circulation, less than 0.001 perecent of the total legal currency.
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