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TOTAL-MARGINAL RULE: A mathematical connection between a marginal value is the slope of a curve of the corresponding total value stating that the marginal IS the slope of the total curve. If the total curve has a positive slope (that is, is upward sloping), then marginal is positive. If the total product has a negative slope (downward sloping), then marginal is negative. If the total curve has a zero slope (horizontal), then marginal is zero. Moreover, if the total curve has an increasing slope (becoming steeper), then the marginal is rising. If the total curve has a decreasing slope (becoming flatter), then the marginal is falling.

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FACTOR ACCUMULATION: An increase in the quantity of the four basic factors used to produce goods and services in the economy--labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship. Increases in these "factors of production" enable an economy to produce more goods and services and therefore the long-run expansion of the economy's ability to produce output--that is, economic growth. Economic growth however, is made possible not only by increasing the quantity of the economy's resources, but also by increasing their quality.

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DATA

Observations or measurements that quantify or otherwise identify some aspect of the real world. Data are used to track economic performance, quantify economic characteristics, and test economic hypotheses. Data collection is often the most challenging part of undertaking an empirical analysis.

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