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ACCUMULATION: The process of acquiring an item and adding that item to others previously acquired. In an economic context this most often refers to the accumulation of capital, as in the phrase "capital accumulation." However, it is also used in the context of consumer durable goods, financial assets, money, wealth, and a host of other "stock" variables. When applied to capital, the process of accumulation occurs through investment.

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TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY:

Obtaining the greatest possible production of goods and services from available resources. In other words, resources are not wasted in the production process. This is also considered as engineering efficiency and should be contrasted with economic or allocative efficiency.
Technical efficiency means that natural resources are transformed into goods and services without waste, that producers are doing the best job possible of combining resources to make goods and services. There is no waste of material inputs. There are no workers standing idly around waiting for spare parts. The maximum amount of physical production is obtained from the given resource inputs. In essence, production is achieved at the lowest possible opportunity cost.

Technical efficiency is a prerequisite for allocative or economic efficiency. Economic efficiency is achieved if the highest possible level of satisfaction is obtained from given resources. Because satisfaction is derived from consuming goods and services, economic efficiency requires the greatest possible level of production, that is, technical efficiency.

However, while technical efficiency is necessary for economic efficiency, it does not guarantee economic efficiency. While technical efficiency might be achieved in the production of purple spotted stuffed animals, allocative efficiency is not achieved if no one actually wants purple spotted stuffed animals and they remain stored in a big purple warehouse.

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