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OUTLAW STRIKE: An unofficial and usually spontaneous strike or work stoppage by union members. A wildcat strike is not authorized by the labor union representing the workers. Such strikes generally occur because (1) labor has specific problems or concerns that have not been satisfactorily addressed by employers or (2) workers feel that union leaders are not acting in the best interest of the union members. This is also termed an wildcat strike.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 1: Economics Page: 2 of 18

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An understanding of economics also involves:

Scarcity. We have limited resources, but unlimited wants and needs. The study of economics is essentially the study of scarcity.
Opportunity Cost. Using resources for one alternative prevents using them for another. Opportunity cost is the highest valued alternative.
Analysis. Economics is an analytical discipline that answers 'What if...?' questions.

Scarcity dictates that we must answer the three basic questions of allocation are:
  • What? What goods and services will be produced with society's resources?
  • How? How will society's resources be used to produce the goods and services?
  • For whom? Who receives the goods and services produced with society's resources?

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MARGINAL FACTOR COST, PERFECT COMPETITION

The change in total factor cost resulting from a change in the quantity of factor input employed by a perfectly competitive firm. Marginal factor cost, abbreviated MFC, indicates how total factor cost changes with the employment of one more input. It is found by dividing the change in total factor cost by the change in the quantity of input used. Marginal factor cost is compared with marginal revenue product to identify the profit-maximizing quantity of input to hire.

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In the Middle Ages, pepper was used for bartering, and it was often more valuable and stable in value than gold.
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