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ECONOMIC GROWTH, SOURCES: Our economy achieves economic growth with increases in the quantity or quality of resources. The quantity part is relatively simple. If we get more resources, then we have the ability to produce more output. We can also improve resource quality, making existing resources more productive, primarily through education and technology.

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VARIABLE COST: In general, cost that changes with changes in the quantity of output produced. More specifically, variable cost is combined with the adjectives "total" and "average" to indicate the overall level of variable cost or the per unit variable cost. Variable cost depends on the amount of produced. If there is no production, then there is no variable cost.

     See also | total variable cost | average variable cost | total cost | fixed cost | opportunity cost | quantity | variable input | fixed input | firm | short run | input |

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A condition of the market in which the quantity demanded is equal to the quantity supplied, such that the market is "clear" of any shortage or surplus. Market clearing is a common, non-technical term for equilibrium. In a market graph, the market clearing is found at the intersection of the demand curve and the supply curve.

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