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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 1: Getting Started Page: 1 of 24

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Production possibilities is an analysis that shows how much of two goods that our economy can produce given existing resources and technology.

Production possibilities analysis is used to...

  • Answer the 'What?' question of allocation: To answer the "What?", what goods we want to produce depends on what goods the economy is able to produce.
  • Understand economic concepts: Some of the key terms we will analyze are opportunity cost, unemployment, full employment, investment, and growth.
  • Introduce graphical analysis techniques: This will be our first hands-on work with graphical analysis, a required part of economic study. Graphs, lines, and curves are a handy way of abstracting key relationships and principles from the real world.

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COLLUSION PRODUCTION ANALYSIS

To avoid competition, oligopolistic firms are occasionally inclined to cooperate through collusion. Collusion occurs when two or more oligopolistic firms jointly agree to control market prices and quantity and to generally act like a monopoly. Colluding firms set a price and produce a quantity that maximizes industry-wide economic profit, the same price and quantity that would be selected by a profit-maximizing monopoly. Once the industry-wide price and production are determined, each individual firm produces the quantity of output that equates the marginal cost of the firm to the marginal revenue for the industry.

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