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INDEX: A measure of the relative average of a group of items compared to a given base value. Index measures are commonly used in economics to combine and compare diverse measures. One common type of index measure is for prices, such as the Consumer Price Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average of corporate stock prices. Another noted type of index measure is to track macroeconomic activity, especially the index leading economic indicators. Indexes are usually weighted averages rather than simple arithmetic means that are measured relative to a base value or period. The Consumer Price Index, for example, measures the prices of consumer good, weighted by the quantities purchased. The value of a given period is then stated relative to a base year value, which generates a pure, "unitless" number in the range of 100 (give or take).

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Lesson 14: Production | Unit 6: Product Curves Page: 16 of 25

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In this unit, you should have learned about:
  • The TP curve as the graphical relation between total product values and variable input quantities.
  • The AP curve as the graphical relation between average product values and variable input quantities.
  • The MP curve as the graphical relation between marginal product values and variable input quantities.
  • The connection between the law of diminishing marginal returns and the shapes of the total product, average product, and marginal product curves.
  • The three stages of production characterized by the slopes of the total and marginal product curves.


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MARGINALLY-ATTACHED WORKERS

People who are willing and able to work, who have either held a job or searched for employment within the last year, but are not actively seeking employment. Discouraged workers, people who are willing and able to engage in productive activities, but due to their overwhelming lack of success believe that any effort to find a job will be fruitless so they have stopped seeking employment, fall within this broader category of marginally-attached workers. People can be marginally attached to the labor force for a variety of reasons, discouraged workers, in contrast, achieve their designation specifically because they believe search efforts are not worthwhile.

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