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ACCOUNTING COST: The actual outlays or expenses incurred in production that shows up a firm's accounting statements or records. Accounting costs, while very important to accountants, company CEOs, shareholders, and the Internal Revenue Service, is only minimally important to economists. The reason is that economists are primarily interested in economic cost (also called opportunity cost). That fact is that accounting costs and economic costs aren't always the same. An opportunity or economic cost is the value of foregone production. Some economic costs, actually a lot of economic opportunity costs, never show up as accounting costs. Moreover, some accounting costs, while legal, bonified payments by a firm, are not associated with any sort of opportunity cost.

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CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES: The common term for expenditures by the household sector on gross domestic product. In general consumption expenditures include the wide assortment of goods and services purchased by the household sector that provide satisfaction of wants and needs. Consumption expenditures are divided into three categories -- durable, nondurable, and services.

     See also | consumption | satisfaction | household sector | resources | goods | services | wants | needs | personal consumption expenditures | aggregate expenditures | investment expenditures | government purchases | net exports | circular flow | durable goods, consumption | nondurable goods, consumption | services, consumption |


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AVERAGE REVENUE CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between average revenue received by a firm for selling its output and the quantity of output sold. Because average revenue is essentially the price of a good, the average revenue curve is also the demand curve for a firm's output. The average revenue curve for a firm with no market control is horizontal. The average revenue curve for a firm with market control is negatively sloped.

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