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TOTAL FIXED COST CURVE: A curve that graphically represents the relation between total fixed cost incurred by a firm in the short-run product of a good or service and the quantity produced. This curve is constructed to capture the relation between total fixed cost and the level of output, holding other variables, like technology and resource prices, constant. Because total fixed cost are, in fact, fixed, the total fixed cost curve is, in fact, a horizontal line.

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Lesson 8: Market Shocks | Unit 4: Double Shifts Page: 14 of 20

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Here we have demand increasing (higher income) and supply decreasing (number of sellers declines).
  • An increase in demand causes an increase in both price and quantity.
  • A decrease supply causes price to increase and quantity to decrease.
  • The combined effect is an obvious increase in price but a questionable change in quantity.
  • At the new equilibrium the quantity is indeterminant.
  • If demand shifts relatively more than supply, quantity is greater.
  • If demand shifts relatively less than supply, quantity is less.

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Voting is a key source of government inefficiency because it can fail to provided leaders with a valid indication of society's preferences. Part of the inefficiency rests with utility-maximizing decisions of the voters, who choose rational ignorance (not to be informed) and rational abstention (not to participate), both of which lead to voter apathy and influential special interest groups. Part of the inefficiency rests with the voting process, which results in importance of the median voter, inconsistency of the voting paradox, and logrolling (vote-trading ) among voters.

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