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MARGINAL REVENUE PRODUCT AND FACTOR DEMAND: A perfectly competitive firm's factor demand curve is that negatively-sloped portion of its marginal revenue product curve. A perfectly competitive firm maximizes profit by hiring the quantity of input that equates factor price and marginal revenue product. As such, the firm moves along its negatively-sloped marginal revenue product curve in response to changing factor prices.

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Lesson 7: Market | Unit 5: Efficiency Page: 17 of 22

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Efficiency is one of the five basic goals of the economy. It's nice to have, if you can.
  • Efficiency is getting the most satisfaction of wants and needs from available resources.
  • Scarcity is less of a problem when resources are used efficiently.
  • Economists like markets because they can achieve efficiency under the right conditions. And because markets are self-correcting, they can achieve this efficiency without intervention.

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AD VALOREM TAX

A tax specified as a percentage of the price or value of a good, service, asset, or other activity. Ad valorem taxes tend to be broad based, imposed on activities such as income and retail sales. In fact, the two most important ad valorem taxes are income taxes and sales taxes. People pay a percentage of their incomes in income taxes or a percentage or the value of their purchases in sales taxes, regardless of the amount of time spent working or the quantities of goods purchases. An alternative is a per unit tax, with is a tax specified as a percentage of the physical quantity of a good.

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The first U.S. fire insurance company was established by Benjamin Franklin in 1752 in Philadelphia.
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