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COMPLEMENT: Two goods that "go together," either in consumption or production. In terms of demand, a complement-in-consumption is one of two goods that are consumed together such that an increase in the price of one good leads to a decrease in demand and a leftward shift in the demand curve for the other good. If the demand of good 1 decreases as the price of good 2 increases, the goods are complements-in-consumption. In terms of supply, a complement-in-production is one of two goods that are produced jointly using the same resources, such that an increase in the price of one good leads to an increase in supply and a rightward shift in the supply curve for the other good. If the supply of good 1 increases as the price of good 2 increases, the goods are complements-in-production.

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Lesson 8: Market Shocks | Unit 2: Determinants Page: 7 of 20

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  • How shifts in the demand and supply curves are caused by changes in their respective determinants.
  • That a decrease in demand and a decrease in supply both are leftward shifts and that an increase in demand and an increase in supply are both rightward shifts.
  • The effects of the five basic demand determinants: Income, tastes, prices of other goods, buyer's expectations and number of buyers.
  • The effects of the five basic supply determinants: resource prices, technology, prices of other goods, seller's expectations and number of sellers.


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A social science that studies the allocation of limited resources used to produce the goods and services that satisfy unlimited consumer wants and needs. Economics is one of several social sciences (others are sociology, political science, and anthropology) which applies the scientific method to human behavior. The distinguishing feature of economics is a concern with the fundamental problem of scarcity--unlimited wants and needs and limited resources. Economics is commonly divided into two branches--macroeconomics and microeconomics.

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