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HARD MONEY: Historically money that is in the form of precious metals, especially gold. In modern times, any national currency that is expected to retain its value (and even appreciate in value), and is readily acceptable for most international transactions. The U.S. dollar, German marc, and Swiss franc tend to be near the top of the list of hard money (also termed hard currency).

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 3: Opportunity Cost Page: 10 of 17

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The pervasive problem of scarcity makes opportunity cost fundamental to life itself and to the study of economics.
  • Economists use the term economic cost to mean opportunity cost. They also just use the term cost.
  • Cost is foregone alternative, not necessarily the amount of money paid. Money is a way to keep score. Money is a good way to measure opportunity cost, but not the only way.Two types of opportunity or economic costs:
  • Explicit opportunity cost: Out-of-pocket or accounting cost that involves a money payment.
  • Implicit opportunity cost: Cost that does not involve a money payment.

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ALLOCATION

The process of distributing resources for the production of goods and services, and of distributing goods and services for the satisfaction of wants and needs and human consumption. This allocation process is an essential part of an economy's effort to address the problem of scarcity.

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The earliest known use of paper currency was about 1270 in China during the rule of Kubla Khan.
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