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TOTAL PRODUCT CURVE: A curve that graphically represents the relation between total production by a firm in the short run and the quantity of a variable input added to a fixed input. When constructing this curve, it is assumed that total product changes from changes in the quantity of a variable input like labor, while we hold one or more other inputs, like capital, fixed. A more general mathematical concept capturing the relation between total product and it's assorted inputs, both variable and fixed, can be found in production function.

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ASSUMPTION: An initial condition or statement that sets the stage for an analysis by abstracting from the real world. Assumptions are important to economic theories and economic analysis. Some assumptions are used to simplify a complex analysis into more easily manageable parts. These establish idealistic benchmarks that can be used to evaluate real world conditions. Other assumptions are used as control conditions that are subsequently changed to evaluate the effect of the change. The use of ceteris paribus assumptions in comparative statics analysis is an excellent example.

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The allocation question that determines the distribution of goods and services among the members of society. In can be stated as: Who receives the goods and services produced with society's limited resources? This is one of three basic questions of allocation. The other two are What? and How?

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