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ABSOLUTE POVERTY LEVEL: The amount of income a person or family needs to purchase an absolute amount of the basic necessities of life. These basic necessities are identified in terms of calories of food, BTUs of energy, square feet of living space, etc. The problem with the absolute poverty level is that there really are no absolutes when in comes to consuming goods. You can consume a given poverty level of calories eating relatively expensive steak, relatively inexpensive pasta, or garbage from a restaurant dumpster. The income needed to acquire each of these calorie "minimums" vary greatly. That's why some prefer a relative poverty level.

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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: Selling Basics
  • The Concept
  • Supply Price
  • Quantity Supplied
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Law of Supply
  • Definition
  • Production Cost
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: Supply Curve
  • Schedule
  • Curve
  • Space
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Determinants
  • Ceteris Paribus Factors
  • Shifters: Increase
  • Shifters: Decrease
  • Types
  • Ch..Ch..Changes
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Scarcity
  • Limited Resources
  • Unit 5 Summary
  • Unit 6:
  • Unit 6 Summary
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    Supply

    This supply lesson provides an introduction into selling a wide range of goods. In fact, this supply topic does more than offer insight into selling behavior. It's also the second half of the market analysis -- the first half being demand. And to reiterate what I noted during the demand lesson, market analysis is one of the most widely used tools in the study of economics that can be used to explain a lot of economic phenomenon. Of course to use markets, we need both demand and supply. And supply part is our current lesson.

    • The first unit of this lesson introduces the basic concept of supply and a few related terms such as supply price and quantity supplied.
    • In the second unit then we move into a discussion of the law of supply, which captures the basic relation between supply price and quantity supplied.
    • The third unit then develops the supply curve, which is the graphical embodiment of the supply concept.
    • Moving onto the fourth unit, we examine how the five basic supply determinants cause the supply curve to shift from one location to another.
    • And in the fifth and final unit, we make a connection between supply and the limited resources part of scarcity.

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    DEMAND DECREASE AND SUPPLY INCREASE

    A simultaneous decrease in the willingness and ability of buyers to purchase a good at the existing price, illustrated by a leftward shift of the demand curve, and an increase in the willingness and ability of sellers to sell a good at the existing price, illustrated by a rightward shift of the supply curve. When combined, both shifts result in an indeterminant change in equilibrium quantity and a decrease in equilibrium price.

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