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VOTING PARADOX: The observation that voting by a relatively small group of people might generate a intransitive or inconsistent ranking of three or more alternatives, creating a paradox of rankings. The preferences of rational individuals are generally assumed to transitive and consistent, that is, if a person prefers A to B and B to C, then the person also prefers A to C. However, the preferences of group of voters might not be consistent. That is, as a group, voters might prefer A to B and B to C, but then prefer C to A. This is not only paradoxical and confusing, it also can be inefficient.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 2: The Schedule Page: 6 of 24

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Tradeoff between the production of jogging shoes and clock calibrators.
  • Resources are limited: Producing more of one good necessarily means producing less of the other.
  • This tradeoff represents the concept of opportunity cost.
  • Opportunity cost tells us how many pairs of jogging shoes are given up to produce each additional quartz clock calibrator.
  • Opportunity cost of first calibrator is 5 pairs of shoes.
  • Opportunity cost of second calibrator is 5 pairs of shoes.

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VALUE IN EXCHANGE

The ability to trade an item or asset, especially money, for other goods and services that can then be used to satisfy wants and needs. Value in exchange means that value (that is, satisfaction) is obtained indirectly through the acquisition of something else. For an item to have value in exchange it need NOT have value in use, value obtained directly from the consumption of a good or service.

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