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BENEFIT-COST RATIO: The benefit of an activity per dollar of cost. Benefit-cost ratios (or alternatively cost-benefit ratios) are frequently estimated for many forms of government spending, as well as a growing number of business investments. This technique was originally developed to determine if public investment projects, like dams, public parks, highways, etc., were worth doing. The logic is simple -- If benefits are greater than costs, then the project is worthwhile, if they are less, then it isn't.

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SUPPLY CURVE: A graphical representation of the relationship between the supply price and quantity supplied (that is, the law of supply), holding all ceteris paribus supply determinants constant.

     See also | supply | supply price | quantity supplied | law of supply | ceteris paribus | supply determinants | supply space | supply shock | demand curve | market |


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MARGINAL REVENUE CURVE, PERFECT COMPETITION

A curve that graphically represents the relation between the marginal revenue received by a perfectly competitive firm for selling its output and the quantity of output sold. Because a perfectly competitive firm is a price taker and faces a horizontal demand curve, its marginal revenue curve is also horizontal and coincides with its average revenue (and demand) curve. A perfectly competitive firm maximizes profit by producing the quantity of output found at the intersection of the marginal revenue curve and marginal cost curve.

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