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PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES: The official item in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis measuring household consumption expenditures on gross domestic product. Personal consumption expenditures are far and away the largest and tends to be the most stable of the four expenditures, averaging about 65-70% of gross domestic product. The other official expenditures included in the National Income and Product Accounts are gross private domestic investment, government consumption expenditures and gross investment, and net exports of goods and services.

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Lesson 11: Elasticity Basics | Unit 4: A Continuum Page: 19 of 25

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  • At the other end of the elasticity continuum is perfectly inelastic:

  • Perfectly inelastic is an elasticity alternative in which an infinitely large change in one variable (price) is needed to cause an infinitesimally small change in another variable (quantity).
  • Once again, this works for both the price elasticity of demand and the price elasticity of supply, because the negative value of the price elasticity of demand is ignored.

  • Perfectly inelastic demand and supply are represented by vertical demand and supply curves.

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OPPORTUNITY COST, PRODUCTION POSSIBILITIES

The production possibilities analysis, which is the alternative combinations of two goods that an economy can produce with given resources and technology, can be used to illustrate opportunity cost--the highest valued alternative foregone in the pursuit of an activity.

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