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INELASTIC: In general, if changes in variable A cause changes in variable B, then the relative change in B is less than the relative change in A. In other words, large changes in variable A cause relatively smaller changes in variable B. An inelastic relationship between two variables is not a very responsive, or stretchable, relationship. You should compare inelastic with elastic.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 1: The Concept Page: 2 of 17

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We live in a big, bad world of scarcity.

Meaning:

  • There's never enough resources to produce everything that everyone wants,
  • Some people have to do without some of the stuff that they want or need,
  • The same resources can not be used to produce two different goods at the same time, and
  • Doing one thing, producing one good, performing one activity, forces you to give up something else.

Then:

  • Scarcity is what the study of economics is all about.

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CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE

Everyone in the economy, 16 years of age or older, who is neither institutionalized nor in the military, and is either employed or unemployed but actively seeking employment. The civilian labor force is the "official" specification for the national economy's labor supply. It is used for such calculations as the unemployment rate and the labor force participation rate. In particular, the unemployment rate is technically specified as the "percent of the civilian labor force that is unemployed." The size of the civilian labor force (along with the wildly popular unemployment rate) is estimated monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from data generated by the Current Population Survey (CPS).

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time at a crowded estate auction trying to buy either a birthday greeting card for your uncle or a T-shirt commemorating the 2000 Presidential election. Be on the lookout for neighborhood pets, especially belligerent parrots.
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Before 1933, the U.S. dime was legal as payment only in transactions of $10 or less.
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