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MASS PRODUCTION: The production of large quantities of virtually identical goods using large scale operations. Such production typically makes use of large factories that benefit from economies of scale. The "mass" aspect of mass production indicates: (1) that large quantities, or masses, of goods are produced and (2) that these goods are being purchased or consumed by the majority of the population, or large masses of people. Mass production is largely a consequence of the industrial revolution, which moved society from a rural-based population engaged in agrarian production to an urban-based population engaged in factory production.

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LAW OF COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE: A basic principle that states every nation has a production activity that incurs a lower opportunity cost than that of another nation, which means that trade between the two nations can be beneficial to both if each specializes in the production of a good with lower relative opportunity cost. While this law is fundamental to the study of international trade, it also applies to other activities, especially the specialization and the division of labor.

     See also | international economics | comparative advantage | absolute advantage | international trade | opportunity cost | specialization | division of labor | foreign sector | domestic sector | foreign trade | closed economy | open economy | exports | imports | net exports |


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AVERAGE FIXED COST

Total fixed cost per unit of output, found by dividing total fixed cost by the quantity of output. When compared with price (per unit revenue), average fixed cost (AFC) indicates whether or not a profit-maximizing firm should shutdown production in the short run. Average fixed cost is one of three average cost concepts important to short-run production analysis. The other two are average total cost and average variable cost. A related concept is marginal cost.

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