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LEGAL CLAIMS: Ownership of the physical goods, services, and resources that make up the real side of the economy. Legal claims are a key feature of the paper, or financial side of the economy. Transferring legal claims is the primary method of diverting income from household saving to investment and government borrowing. Legal-claim buyers loan income and legal-claim sellers borrower income.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 3: Opportunity Cost Page: 11 of 17

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  • The basic concept of opportunity cost as the highest valued alternative foregone in the pursuit of an activity.
  • How the fact that limited resources have alternative uses intertwines the notion of opportunity cost and the basic problem of scarcity.
  • Why economic cost is synonymous with opportunity cost.
  • Why opportunity cost need not be measured in money terms.
  • The difference between explicit and implicit opportunity cost.

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LAW OF DEMAND

The inverse relationship between demand price and the quantity demanded, assuming ceteris paribus factors are held constant. This fundamental economic principle indicates that a decrease the price of a commodity results in an increase in the quantity of the commodity that buyers are willing and able to purchase in a given period of time, if other factors are held constant. The law of demand is one of the most important principles found in the study of economics.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time watching infomercials seeking to buy either a coffee cup commemorating Thor Heyerdahl's Pacific crossing aboard the Kon-Tiki or a rechargeable battery for your cell phone. Be on the lookout for empty parking spaces that appear to be near the entrance to a store.
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There were no banks in colonial America before the U.S. Revolutionary War. Anyone seeking a loan did so from another individual.
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