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ALLOCATION: The process of distributing resources for the production of goods and services, and of distributing goods and services for consumption by households. This process of allocation is essential to an economy's effort to address the problem of scarcity. An allocation is efficient if the resources, goods, and services are distributed according to the economy's highest valued uses.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 5: Investment Page: 20 of 24

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Let's consider a few alternatives. If we select bundle A (450 jogging shoes and 0 calibrators), then we are not adding to the quantity of capital. If we are not expanding the quantity of our capital, then our fixed resources remain fixed and the production possibilities curve remains unchanged.
  • As such, tomorrow's production possibilities curve will look just like today's curve. There will be no growth and no shift in the curve.

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MARGINAL COST AND LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL RETURNS

Decreasing then increasing marginal cost, reflected by a U-shaped marginal cost curve, is the result of increasing then decreasing marginal returns. In particular the decreasing marginal returns is caused by the law of diminishing marginal returns. As such, the law of diminishing marginal returns affects not only the short-run production of a firm but also the cost of short-run production. This translates into a positively-sloped supply curve for profit-maximizing competitive firms.

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