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ABSOLUTE POVERTY LEVEL: The amount of income a person or family needs to purchase an absolute amount of the basic necessities of life. These basic necessities are identified in terms of calories of food, BTUs of energy, square feet of living space, etc. The problem with the absolute poverty level is that there really are no absolutes when in comes to consuming goods. You can consume a given poverty level of calories eating relatively expensive steak, relatively inexpensive pasta, or garbage from a restaurant dumpster. The income needed to acquire each of these calorie "minimums" vary greatly. That's why some prefer a relative poverty level.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 2: Resources Page: 5 of 17

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Here's how our four resources work together in the production process:
  • Land provides the basic raw materials that become the good.
  • Labor provides the human efforts that transform the materials into a good. They do the work.
  • Capital makes labor's production task easier and more effective. These are the tools.
  • Entrepreneurship undertakes the risk of beginning the whole production process and bringing the other three resources together.

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PERFECT COMPETITION, TOTAL ANALYSIS

A perfectly competitive firm produces the profit-maximizing quantity of output that generates the greatest difference between total revenue and total cost. This total approach is one of three methods that used to determine the profit-maximizing quantity of output. The other two methods involve the direct analysis of economic profit or a comparison of marginal revenue and marginal cost.

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