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VARIABLE FACTOR OF PRODUCTION: An input whose quantity can be changed in the time period under consideration. This usually goes by the shorter term fixed input and should be immediately compared and contrasted with fixed factor of production, which goes by the shorter term fixed input. The most common example of a variable factor of production is labor. A variable factor of production provides the extra inputs that a firm needs to expand short-run production. In contrast, a fixed factor of production, like capital, provides the capacity constraint in production. As larger quantities of a variable factor of production, like labor, are added to a fixed factor of production like capital, the variable factor of production becomes less productive.

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QUANTITY: In a market, the amount of a good that is bought, sold, or traded among buyers and sellers. In a standard market diagram, quantity is displayed on the horizontal axis.

     See also | market | good | horizontal axis | demand | supply | quantity demanded | quantity supplied | demand price | supply price | equilibrium quantity | equilibrium price | shortage | surplus | market adjustment |


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INVOLUNTARY EXCHANGE

The process of unwillingly trading one valuable commodity (good, service, or resource) for another, usually prompted by the coercive powers of government. The key term is "unwillingly," which distinguishes involuntary exchanges from voluntary exchanges, such as those that are the foundation of market transactions.

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