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MARGINAL FACTOR COST, PERFECT COMPETITION: The change in total factor cost resulting from a change in the quantity of factor input employed by a perfectly competitive firm. Marginal factor cost, abbreviated MFC, indicates how total factor cost changes with the employment of one more input. It is found by dividing the change in total factor cost by the change in the quantity of input used. Marginal factor cost is compared with marginal revenue product to identify the profit-maximizing quantity of input to hire.

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MOBILITY: The movement of factors of production from one productive activity to another. In particular, mobility is the ease with which resources can change production activities. Some factors are highly mobile and thus are easily switched. Other factors are highly immobile and not easily switched. Mobility generally takes one of two forms--geographic mobility and occupational mobility. Geographical mobility is the movement of factors from a productive activity in one location to a production activity in another location. Occupational mobility is the movement of factors from one type of productive activity to another type of productive activity.

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AVERAGE REVENUE PRODUCT CURVE

A curve that graphically illustrates the relation between average revenue product and the quantity of the variable input, holding all other inputs fixed. This curve indicates the per unit revenue at each level of the variable input. The average revenue product curve is one of two related curves often used in the analysis of factor demand. The other, and more important, is marginal revenue product curve.

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