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FOREIGN: All economic activity that is "outside" the confines of a domestic economy. For the United States, this would be consumers, workers, businesses, and governments that lie beyond the U.S. national boundaries.

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Lesson 6: Supply | Unit 2: Law of Supply Page: 6 of 19

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An important question is: Why does the law of supply work?
  • The answer rests with production cost. In particular, the law of supply exists because of the law of increasing opportunity cost.
  • As we saw with production possibilities analysis, by increasing the production of a good, the opportunity cost of production increases.
  • Production cost increases as we increase production. To supply a larger quantity, producers need to cover these higher production costs with a higher price.

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AGGREGATE SUPPLY DETERMINANTS

An assortment of ceteris paribus factors that affect short-run and long-run aggregate supply, but which are assumed constant when the short-run and long-run aggregate supply curves are constructed. Changes in any of the aggregate supply determinants cause the short-run and/or long-run aggregate supply curves to shift. While a wide variety of specific ceteris paribus factors can cause the aggregate supply curves to shift, they are commonly grouped into three broad categories--resource quantity, resource quality, and resource price.

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