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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 1: The Concept Page: 1 of 17

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  • Scarcity is the pervasive condition that exists because society has unlimited wants and needs, but limited resources used for their satisfaction.
Meaning:
  • We can't have everything because resources are limited.
Unlimited wants and needs are half of the scarcity problem.
  • Unlimited wants and needs are what motivate us to take action, to produce goods, and to advance our well-being.
  • We are motivated to do things that satisfy these wants and needs. Satisfaction is achieved when wants and needs are fulfilled.
  • Scarcity results because wants and needs are unlimited. No one has ever been completely satisfied. We always want more.

Limited resources are the other half of our scarcity problem.

  • Resources are the stuff that we use to produce the goods that fulfill our wants and needs.
  • Resources are the things that make satisfaction possible.
  • Resources are limited. We have only so much 'stuff' than can be used to produce the goods that satisfy our wants and needs.

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AGGREGATE SUPPLY SHIFTS

Changes in the aggregate supply determinants shift both the short-run aggregate supply curve and the long-run aggregate supply curve. The mechanism is comparable to that for market supply determinants and market supply. There are two options--an increase in aggregate supply and a decrease in aggregate supply. An increase in resource quantity or quality or a decrease in resource price shifts one or both of the aggregate supply curves to right. A decrease in resource quantity or quality or an increase in resource price shifts one or both of the aggregate supply curves to left.

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