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RENT SEEKING: The inclination of everyone who is alive and breathing to get as much as they can for themselves. These stems from the idea of economic rent, which is a payment over above the opportunity cost. People are said to be rent seeking when they try to get higher wages, more profit, or any other payment over above the minimum they would be willing to accept.

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Lesson 6: Supply | Unit 5: Scarcity Page: 18 of 19

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Supply is directly connected to the scarcity problem, especially limited resources.
  • Scarcity exists because society has limited resources, but unlimited wants and needs.
  • Markets were developed as a means of addressing the problem of scarcity:
    • The supply side of the market comes from the 'limited resources' side of the scarcity problem.
    • The demand side of the market comes from the 'unlimited wants and needs' side of the scarcity problem.

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PRODUCTION COST

The opportunity cost of using labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship in the production of goods and services. The price received by a seller must be high enough to cover production cost. The law of supply is based on the proposition that production cost increases with an increase in the quantity produced and supplied.

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