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LONG RUN, MICROECONOMICS: In terms of the microeconomic analysis of production and supply, a period of time in which all inputs in the production process are variable. The long run is primarily used to analyze production decisions for a firm and is also referred to as the planning horizon. The long run is a period of time in which a business can change the quantities of ALL resource inputs--labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship. Nothing is fixed. If your factory is to small, well then, build a bigger one. The long-run analysis of production is used to better understand economies of scale, diseconomies of scale, and long-run market supply.

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With foregone income the costs of attending college is closer to $70,000 than the $7,000 tuition payment.
  • Overall total depends on subjective values placed on other activities, like sleeping and entertainment. (Note the second rule of subjectivity.)
  • What about other costs of attending college? It depends on the whether or not you give up something to pursue the activity of attending college.
  • Room and board? Because you would have eaten and slept even if had you not attended college, room and board is not an expense of going to college, it's just an expense of life.
  • Opportunity cost results from giving up something.

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CONSTANT RETURNS TO SCALE

A given proportional change in all resources in the long run results in the same proportional change in production. Constant returns to scale exists if a firm increases ALL resources--labor, capital, and other inputs--by 10 percent, and output also increases by 10 percent. This is one of three returns to scale. The other two are increasing returns to scale and decreasing returns to scale.

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