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PERFECT COMPETITION AND SHORT-RUN SUPPLY CURVE: A perfectly competitive firm's supply curve is that portion of its' marginal cost curve that lies above the minimum of the average variable cost curve. A perfectly competitive firm maximizes profit by producing the quantity of output that equates price and marginal cost. As such, the firm moves along it's marginal cost curve in response to alternative prices. Because the marginal cost curve is positively sloped due to the law of diminishing marginal returns, the firm's supply curve is also positively sloped.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 2: Resources Page: 4 of 17

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Factors of production, productive factors, or resources are the 'stuff' used to create wants-and-needs-satisfying goods.

Economists have four official groups, or categories, for our resources, for our factors of production:

  • Labor: human effort, both physical and mental.
  • Capital: machines, equipment, tools, and buildings.
  • Land: raw materials or natural resources.
  • Entrepreneurship: risk-taking organizers of production.

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INDUCED INVESTMENT

Business investment expenditures that depend on income or production (especially national income and gross domestic product). That is, changes in income induce changes in investment. Induced investment reflects the observation that the business sector is inclined to reinvest profits (boosted by a growing economy) in capital goods. It is measured by the marginal propensity to invest (MPI) and is reflected by the positive slope of investment line. The alternative to induced investment is autonomous investment, which does not depend on income.

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