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OPEN SHOP: An employment arrangement in which workers of a firm are free to join or not join a union because employment is unrelated to union membership. Because an open shop tends to limit the proportion of a firm's employees represented, this can significantly dilute a labor union's market control. Open shops are established in states that have right-to-work laws.

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Lesson 7: Market | Unit 4: Adjustment Page: 14 of 22

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A shortage exists if the quantity demanded is greater than the quantity supplied at the current market price.
  • A shortage exists if the market price is 30 cents.
  • The quantity supplied is 200 tapes and the quantity demanded is 600 tapes, giving a shortage of 400 tapes.
  • This shortage induces the price to rise up to the equilibrium level of 50 cents.

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SCARCE RESOURCE

A resource with an available quantity less than its desired use. Scarce, or economic, resources are also called factors of production and are generally classified as either labor, capital, land, or entrepreneurship. Scarce resources are the workers, equipment, raw materials, and organizers used to produce scarce goods. Like the more general society-wide condition of scarcity, a given resource falls into the scarce category because it has a limited availability in combination with greater (potentially unlimited) productive uses.

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