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ASSUMPTION: An initial condition or statement that sets the stage for an analysis by abstracting from the real world. Assumptions are important to economic theories and economic analysis. Some assumptions are used to simplify a complex analysis into more easily manageable parts. These establish idealistic benchmarks that can be used to evaluate real world conditions. Other assumptions are used as control conditions that are subsequently changed to evaluate the effect of the change. The use of ceteris paribus assumptions in comparative statics analysis is an excellent example.

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TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY: Getting the most production from available resources. This term needs to be contrasted with a similar term allocative efficiency. You might want to check out the more general term of efficiency while you're at it. Technical efficiency simple means that you do the best job possible of combining resources to make a good . You don't waste material inputs. You don't have workers standing idly around waiting for spare parts. In essence, you produce a good at the lower possible opportunity cost.

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ELASTICITY ALTERNATIVES, DEMAND

Five categories of the price elasticity of demand that reflect the entire range of the relative responsiveness of a change in quantity demanded to a change in price. These five alternatives--perfectly elastic, relatively elastic, unit elastic, relatively inelastic, and perfectly inelastic--are often illustrated by different demand curves. The price elasticity of supply is also reflected by five comparable alternatives.

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