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LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL UTILITY: The principle stating that as more of a good is consumed, eventually each additional unit of the good provides less additional utility--that is, marginal utility decreases. Each subsequent unit of a good is valued less than the previous one. The law of diminishing marginal utility helps explain the negative slope of the demand curve and the law of demand.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 4: Goals Page: 13 of 18

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  • The three macroeconomic goals of full employment, stability, and growth.
  • The two microeconomic goals of efficiency and equity.
  • The tradeoffs that exist between the five economic goals and why the pursuit of one goal prevents pursuit of another.

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INCREASING RETURNS TO SCALE

A given proportional change in all resources in the long run results in a proportional greater change in production. Increasing returns to scale exists if a firm increases ALL resources--labor, capital, and other inputs--by a given proportion (say 10 percent) and output increases by more than this proportion (that is more than 10 percent). This is one of three returns to scale. The other two are decreasing returns to scale and constant returns to scale.

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