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WIDGET: A fictitious good commonly used by economic instructors to demonstrate economic principles or undertake hypothetical analyses. For example, the analysis of short-run production for a firm might be demonstrated through the production of widgets. Alternatively, the law of demand might be illustrated with a table or curve comparing the price of widgets with the quantity demanded of widgets. If such a good exists, and there is no clear evidence that widgets have every existed, it is a small mechanical device, constructed of interlocking cogs, several knobs, and at least one handle. Widgets are most often used when thingamajigs and dohickies are unavailable.

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Lesson 9: Macro Basics | Unit 5: Issues Page: 14 of 16

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Policy perspectives are filled with differing politics and political philosophies.

Reasons for differing views of the 'best' economic policies:

  • First: Human beings are different, with different likes, dislikes, tastes, preferences, values, beliefs, ideologies and opinions. This is the source of differences on what is considered the 'best' for the economy.
  • Second: Human beings often have vested interests in the consequences of the policies. They personally benefit from a policy. While self-interest is okay, the question is whether self-interests of the few prevent greater welfare of the many.

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AVERAGE FACTOR COST

Total factor cost per unit of factor input employed by a firm in the production of output, found by dividing total factor cost by the quantity of factor input. Average factor cost, abbreviated AFC, is generally equal to the factor price. However, using the longer term average factor cost makes it easier to see the connection to related terms, including total factor cost and marginal factor cost.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time calling an endless list of 800 numbers looking to buy either a large, stuffed kitty cat or a cross-cut paper shredder. Be on the lookout for crowded shopping malls.
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A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court!
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