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FACTOR DEMAND CURVE: A graphical representation of the relationship between the price to a factor of production and quantity of the factor demanded, holding all ceteris paribus factor demand determinants constant. The factor demand curve is one half of the factor market. The other half is factor supply. The factor demand curve indicates the quantity of a factor that would be demanded at alternative factor prices. While all factors of production, or scarce resources, including labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship, have factor demand curves, labor is the factor most often analyzed. Like other demand curves, the factor demand curve is negatively sloped. Higher factor prices are associated with smaller quantities demanded and lower factor prices go with larger quantities demanded.

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Lesson 5: Demand | Unit 4: Determinants Page: 16 of 20

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The five determinants that cause the demand curve to shift are:
  • Income: Income affects the ability of buyers to buy. It can affect a good in two ways-normal or inferior.
  • Preferences: Preferences, our likes and dislikes, affect the willingness of buyers to buy.
  • Prices of other goods: Other goods can be either substitutes or complements to the good we're analyzing.
  • Expectations: Buyers' current demand depends on expectations of future prices.
  • Number of buyers: More buyers, more demand. Fewer buyers, less demand.
These categories include all factors other than price that affect demand.

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ALLOCATION

The process of distributing resources for the production of goods and services, and of distributing goods and services for the satisfaction of wants and needs and human consumption. This allocation process is an essential part of an economy's effort to address the problem of scarcity.

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