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MARGINAL REVENUE CURVE, PERFECT COMPETITION: A curve that graphically represents the relation between the marginal revenue received by a perfectly competitive firm for selling its output and the quantity of output sold. Because a perfectly competitive firm is a price taker and faces a horizontal demand curve, its marginal revenue curve is also horizontal and coincides with its average revenue (and demand) curve. A perfectly competitive firm maximizes profit by producing the quantity of output found at the intersection of the marginal revenue curve and marginal cost curve.

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

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  • Investment as the fundamental process of giving up current consumption to achieve greater productivity in the future.
  • How the tradeoff between consumption and capital is illustrated by a movement along the production possibilities curve.
  • How the sacrifice of more current consumption to produce more capital leads to a greater outward shift in the production possibilities curve.
  • The importance of economic growth resulting from investment in addressing the fundamental problem of scarcity.


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PER UNIT TAX

A tax specified as a percentage of the quantity of a good, service, asset, or other activity. Per unit taxes are often imposed on specific goods or markets. A common per unit tax is that levied on gasoline. People pay a given tax for each gallon of gasoline purchased, regardless of the price of gasoline. An alternative is an ad valorem tax, with is a tax specified as a percentage of the value or price of a good.

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