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GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT: The total market value of all goods and services produced by the citizens of an economy during a given period of time, usually one year. Gross national product, often abbreviated simply as GNP, was once the federal government's official measure of how much output our economy produces. In the early 1990s, however, it was replaced by gross domestic product (GDP).

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 2: The Schedule Page: 6 of 24

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Tradeoff between the production of jogging shoes and clock calibrators.
  • Resources are limited: Producing more of one good necessarily means producing less of the other.
  • This tradeoff represents the concept of opportunity cost.
  • Opportunity cost tells us how many pairs of jogging shoes are given up to produce each additional quartz clock calibrator.
  • Opportunity cost of first calibrator is 5 pairs of shoes.
  • Opportunity cost of second calibrator is 5 pairs of shoes.

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AUTONOMOUS SAVING

Household saving that does not depend on income or production (especially disposable income, national income, or even gross domestic product). That is, changes in income do not generate changes in saving. Autonomous saving is best thought of as a baseline level of saving (usually negative) that the household sector undertakes in the unlikely event that income falls to zero. It is measured by the intercept term of the saving function or the saving line. The alternative to autonomous saving is induced saving, which does depend on income.

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