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ACCOUNTING PROFIT: The difference between a business's revenue and it's accounting expenses. This is the profit that's listed on a company's balance sheet, appears periodically in the financial sector of the newspaper, and is reported to the Internal Revenue Service for tax purposes. It frequently has little relationship to a company's economic profit because of the difference between accounting expense and the opportunity cost of production. Some accounting expense is not an opportunity cost and some opportunity cost is does not show up as an accounting expenses.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 2: Looking Behind GDP Page: 11 of 25

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Economic production that involves market transactions is the foundation of GDP. This is area E. It is combined with area B to measure GDP.

A summary of measuring GDP:

  • Start with all market transactions of record.
  • Toss out past and future production in Slice A.
  • Add the estimated value of nonmarket 'in-kind' production in Slice B.
  • Don't include the value of nonmarket production in chunk C and the value of illegal production in chunk D.
  • Combine areas B and E for the final tabulation of GDP.

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TOTAL FIXED COST

Cost of production that does NOT change with changes in the quantity of output produced by a firm in the short run. Total fixed cost is one part of total cost. The other is total variable cost. At any and all levels of output, fixed cost is the same. It includes cost that is not dependent on, or is unrelated to, production. The best way to identify fixed cost is to produce zero output. Fixed cost is incurred whether or not any output is produced. A cost measure directly related to total fixed cost is average fixed cost.

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