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FACTOR PAYMENTS: Wage, interest, rent, and profit payments for the services of scarce resources, or the factors of production (labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship), in return for productive services. Factor payments are frequently categorized according to the services of the productive resource. Wages are paid for the services of labor, interest is the payment for the services of capital, rent is the services for land, and profit is the factor payment to entrepreneurship. In the circular flow, these are payments made by the business sector for factor services purchased from the household sector through the financial markets.

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Lesson 10: Utility and Demand | Unit 3: Complex Choices Page: 12 of 21

Topic: Rule Of Consumer Equilibrium <=PAGE BACK | PAGE NEXT=>

  • The rule of consumer equilibrium states that consumers maximize utility by equating the marginal utility obtained from the LAST DOLLAR spent on each good.

  • Another way of stating this rule is through the ratios of marginal utility to price (MU/P).
  • The marginal utility-price ratios for all goods are equal.

  • MU/P for good 1 = MU/P for good 2


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PERFECT COMPETITION, REALISM

Perfect competition is an idealized market structure that does NOT exist in the real world. While some real world industries might come relatively close to one or two of the four key characteristics of perfect competition, none matches all four sufficiently that they can be declared PERFECTLY competitively. Some industries come close on the large number of small firms and the identical product characteristics. A few industries have relatively good, although not perfect, information about prices and technology. However, almost all industries fall far short of the perfect mobility characteristics.

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