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ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: The degree to which the naturally occurring resources of the planet (land, air, and water) are free of artificial impurities or waste products generated by human activity. Pollution is the primary nemesis of environmental quality. As pollution waste residuals are discharged into the environment, environmental quality declines. Like other economic notions, environmental quality is subjective in the sense that it affects the satisfaction of wants and needs.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 2: The Schedule Page: 5 of 24

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This is a simple, hypothetical production possibilities schedule for the economy.
  • The economy is using all resources with given technology to efficiently produce two goods, jogging shoes and quartz clock calibrators.
  • Bundles A through K represent production alternatives for the economy, such as bundle D with 3 calibrators and 425 pairs of shoes. We have unlimited possibilities using available resources and technology to the fullest extent.
  • All shoes, no calibrators, bundle A.
  • All calibrators, no shoes, bundle K.
  • Some of each good, bundles E or J.
  • How about 9 calibrators and 410 pairs of shoes? No! Each bundle is the maximum we can produce.

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FACTOR SUPPLY

The willingness and ability of scarce resources or factors of production to offer their services for use in productive activities. Factor supply relates price and quantity, specifically, factor supply is the range of factor quantities that are supplied at a range of factor prices. This is one half of the factor market. The other half is factor demand. The factors of production subject to factor supply include any and all of the four scarce resources--labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship. However, because labor involves human beings directly, it is the factor that tends to receive the most scrutiny and analysis.

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