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ABSOLUTE POVERTY LEVEL: The amount of income a person or family needs to purchase an absolute amount of the basic necessities of life. These basic necessities are identified in terms of calories of food, BTUs of energy, square feet of living space, etc. The problem with the absolute poverty level is that there really are no absolutes when in comes to consuming goods. You can consume a given poverty level of calories eating relatively expensive steak, relatively inexpensive pasta, or garbage from a restaurant dumpster. The income needed to acquire each of these calorie "minimums" vary greatly. That's why some prefer a relative poverty level.

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Lesson 8: Market Shocks | Unit 3: Single Shifts Page: 10 of 20

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The six steps for an increase in supply:
  • A determinant changes. The price of ice cream, a key resource input for hot fudge sundaes, declines.
  • A curve to shifts. The supply curve for hot fudge sundaes shifts rightward.
  • A shortage or a surplus occurs. The increase in supply causes a surplus of hot fudge sundaes.
  • The price changes. The price of hot fudge sundaes goes down.
  • The quantities demanded and supplied change. The quantity supplied for hot fudge sundaes decreases while their quantity demand is increased.
  • The market imbalance is eliminated and equilibrium is restored. The surplus of hot fudge sundaes is eliminated. The price is lower and the quantity exchanged is more.

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TOTAL VARIABLE COST AND MARGINAL COST

A mathematical connection between marginal cost and total variable cost stating that marginal cost IS the slope of the total variable cost curve. This relation between total variable cost and marginal cost is also seen with total cost. The slope of the total cost curve is marginal cost, as well. The relation between total variable cost and marginal cost is but another in the long line of applications of the total-marginal relation.

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