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ALLOCATION: The process of distributing resources for the production of goods and services, and of distributing goods and services for consumption by households. This process of allocation is essential to an economy's effort to address the problem of scarcity. An allocation is efficient if the resources, goods, and services are distributed according to the economy's highest valued uses.

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CONSUMER EQUILIBRIUM: The condition that exists when the last dollar spent on one good provides the same marginal utility as the last dollar spent on every other good. In consumer equilibrium, you allocate income between the purchase of different goods in such a way that you cannot increase your level of utility, that is, you have achieved utility maximization. In indifference curve analysis, this occurs where the budget line is tangent to the highest reachable indifference curve. With this consumption bundle, the ratio of prices is equal to the ratio of marginal utilities. This means that the willingness of the consumer to trade one good for the other is exactly the same as the ability to trade the two goods in the market.

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INFERIOR GOOD

A good for which a change in income causes an opposite change in demand. That is, an increase in income causes a decrease in demand and a decrease in income causes an increase in demand. The income elasticity of demand for an inferior good is negative. An inferior good is one of two alternatives falling within the buyers' income demand determinant. The other is a normal good.

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