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INCREASING OPPORTUNITY COST: The proposition that opportunity cost, the value of foregone production, increases as more of a good is produced. This 'law' is most important to the slope of the production possibilities curve. It generates the convex shape of the curve, making the curve flat at the top and steep at the bottom.

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EXHAUSTIBLE RESOURCE: A natural resource that cannot be increased by the natural forces of the environment. The quantities of exhaustible resources are effectively fixed and thus the more used today, the less is available for use in the future. It is possible, and even expected, that exhaustible resources will be exhausted at some time in the future. Common examples of exhaustible resources are the three fossil fuels -- petroleum, coal, and natural gas. The vast array of mineral resources -- iron, silver, gold, and copper -- represent other examples.

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UNIT ELASTIC

An elasticity alternative in which changes in one variable (usually price) cause equal proportional changes in another variable (usually quantity). In other words, any change in price, whether big or small, triggers exactly the same percentage change in quantity. Quantity changes match price changes. This characterization of elasticity is most important for the price elasticity of demand and the price elasticity of supply. Unit elastic is one of five elasticity alternatives. The other four are perfectly elastic, perfectly inelastic, relatively elastic, and relatively inelastic.

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