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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 4: Analysis Page: 17 of 24

Topic: Resource Quantity and Quality <=PAGE BACK | PAGE NEXT=>

Three ways to increase resource quantity.
  • Labor: Labor increases through (1) natural population growth, (2) immigration from other nations, and (3) more participation and fewer nonworkers.
  • Capital: The key to getting more capital is investment, giving up satisfaction today to get capital tomorrow.
  • Materials: The key to increasing their quantity is exploration. Exploration is best illustrated by digging or drilling into the Earth's crust in search of mineral or fossil fuel deposits.
Two ways to increase resource quality.
  • Education-The Quality of Labor: Education increases the quality of labor resources. Better educated workers are more productive workers.
  • Education can be formal, sitting-in-a-classroom or informal, on-the-job-training experience. Both are valuable methods of increasing the quality labor.
  • Technology-The Quality of Capital: Technology is the knowledge and information society as a whole possesses concerning the production of goods and services. Better technology enables more production.
  • Technology concerns all aspects of production, but it is often seen as an improvement in the quality of capital.

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OTHER PRICES, DEMAND DETERMINANT

The prices of other goods that influence the decision to purchase a particular good, which are assumed constant when a demand curve is constructed. Other prices can be for goods that are either substitutes-in-consumption or complements-in-consumption. This is one of five demand determinants that shift the demand curve when they change. The other four are other prices, buyers' preferences, buyers' expectations, and number of buyers.

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