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LOSS MINIMIZATION RULE: A rule stating that firm minimizes economic loss by producing output in the short run that equates marginal revenue and marginal cost if price is less than average total cost but greater than average variable cost. In the short run, a firm incurs total fixed cost whether or not it produces any output. As such, if the market price is falls below average total cost, it must decide if the economic loss from producing the quantity of output that equates marginal revenue and marginal cost is more or less than the economic loss incurred with shutting down production in the short run (which is equal to total fixed cost).

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 2: Resources Page: 6 of 17

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We have limited resources. Limited resources can be free or scarce.
  • Scarce Resource. A resource is scarce if it can't produce all of the goods people want it to produce.
  • Scarce resource and scarcity are related. Scarcity is the society-wide condition in which resources are limited related to all wants and needs. Scarce resource is the condition that applies to a specific resource.
  • Free Resources. A resource is free if it can produce all of the goods people want it to produce and then some. We can have free resources, even though society faces the condition of scarcity.

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AMERICAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION

A formal organization of professional economists that promotes economic research, organizes annual meetings and conferences, and maintains a list of publications in several economics subjects. The American Economic Association (AEA) was originally organized by a small group interested in economics at a meeting in 1888 in Saratoga, New York. However, as interest in the subject grew, it officially incorporated in 1923. Although the AEA contained only a small number of members in the beginning, today the membership is approximately 18,000. In addition, about 4,600 libraries, institutions, and firms subscribe to the quarterly publications of the AEA.

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