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PERFECT COMPETITION, REALISM: Perfect competition is an idealized market structure that does NOT exist in the real world. While some real world industries might come relatively close to one or two of the four key characteristics of perfect competition, none matches all four sufficiently that they can be declared PERFECTLY competitively. Some industries come close on the large number of small firms and the identical product characteristics. A few industries have relatively good, although not perfect, information about prices and technology. However, almost all industries fall far short of the perfect mobility characteristics.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 4: Analysis Page: 18 of 24

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  • How full employment is represented by any bundle ON the production possibilities curve and unemployment is represented by any bundle INSIDE the production possibilities curve.
  • The production possibilities curve as a frontier or boundary that cannot be cross give current quantities and qualities of resources.
  • How the process of economic growth expands the production possibilities curve to reach previously unreachable bundles of goods.
  • How economic growth is achieved by increasing the quantity or quality of resources.
  • Five important sources of economic growth-the quantity of labor, the quantity of capital, the quantity of materials, education, and technology.


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BALANCE OF TRADE

The difference between the value of goods and services exported out of a country and the value of goods and services imported into the country. The balance of trade is the official term for net exports that makes up the balance of payments. The balance of trade can be a "favorable" surplus (exports exceed imports) or an "unfavorable" deficit (imports exceed exports). The official balance of trade is separated into the balance of merchandise trade for tangible goods and the balance of services.

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