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RETURNS TO SCALE: Changes in production the occurs when all resources are proportionately increased in the long run. Returns to scale answers the question: If labor, capital, and ALL other inputs increase by 10%, does output increase by more than 10%, less than 10%, or exactly 10%? These answers indicate that returns to scale can take one of three forms: increasing returns to scale, decreasing returns to scale, and constant returns to scale.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 5: Investment Page: 24 of 24

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  • Investment as the fundamental process of giving up current consumption to achieve greater productivity in the future.
  • How the tradeoff between consumption and capital is illustrated by a movement along the production possibilities curve.
  • How the sacrifice of more current consumption to produce more capital leads to a greater outward shift in the production possibilities curve.
  • The importance of economic growth resulting from investment in addressing the fundamental problem of scarcity.


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LAND

The naturally occurring resources used in the production of goods and services, including the land itself; the minerals and nutrients in the ground; the water, wildlife, and vegetation on the surface; and the air above. Land also includes the productive dimensions of space and accessibility. This is one of four basic categories of resources, or factors of production. The other three are labor, capital, and entrepreneurship.

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