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LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL RETURNS: A principle stating that as more and more of a variable input is combined with a fixed input in short-run production, the marginal product of the variable input eventually declines. This is THE economic principle underlying the analysis of short-run production for a firm. Among a host of other things, it offers an explanation for the upward-sloping market supply curve. How does the law of diminishing marginal returns help us understand supply? The law of supply and the upward-sloping supply curve indicate that a firm needs to receive higher prices to produce and sell larger quantities. Why do they need higher prices?

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QUALITY OF LIFE: A common term used to indicate the overall level of well-being or welfare of a person or group of people, taking into account both monetary and non-monetary factors. This notion is theoretically synonymous with utility and the satisfaction of wants and needs. However, from a practical standpoint, attempts have been made to measure the quality of life, primarily as a means of comparison between communities. Quality of life measures are composite indexes based on monetary factors such as income, wages, living costs, and taxes, combined with non-monetary factors such as crime rate, air quality, and education level.

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SUPPLY INCREASE

An increase in the willingness and ability of sellers to sell a good at the existing price, illustrated by a rightward shift of the supply curve. An increase in supply is caused by a change in a supply determinant and results in an increase in equilibrium quantity and a decrease in equilibrium price. A supply increase is one of two supply shocks to the market. The other is a supply decrease.

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