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RESOURCE PRICES: One of the five supply determinants assumed constant when a supply curve is constructed, and that shift the supply curve when they change. The other four are technology, other prices, sellers' expectations, and number of sellers. Resource prices, the prices paid to use the factors of production (labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship) affect production cost and thus producers' ability to sell goods. In general, if sellers face higher resource prices, then they have less ABILITY to sell goods.

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FOREIGN INVESTMENT: The purchase of financial and physical assets in one country by businesses and residents of another. Business that call one country their home, especially those from more advanced nations, have found it advantageous to construct factories, establish distribution centers, buy corporate stock, or otherwise invest in the assets of another country. Foreign investment indicates that an economy is relatively productive and worthy of investment by others.

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ARC ELASTICITY

The average elasticity for discrete changes in two variables. The distinguishing characteristic of arc elasticity is that percentage changes are calculated based on the average of initial and ending values of each variable, rather than initial values. Arc elasticity is generally calculated using the midpoint elasticity formula. The contrast to arc elasticity is point elasticity. For infinitesimally small changes in two variables, arc elasticity is the same as point elasticity.

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