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GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, INCOME: A method of estimating gross domestic product (GDP) based on identifying the income (wages, rent, interest, and profit) received by the owners of the four factors of production (labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship). This is one of two methods used by the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the National Income and Product Accounts to estimate gross domestic product.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 1: The Concept Page: 1 of 17

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  • Scarcity is the pervasive condition that exists because society has unlimited wants and needs, but limited resources used for their satisfaction.
Meaning:
  • We can't have everything because resources are limited.
Unlimited wants and needs are half of the scarcity problem.
  • Unlimited wants and needs are what motivate us to take action, to produce goods, and to advance our well-being.
  • We are motivated to do things that satisfy these wants and needs. Satisfaction is achieved when wants and needs are fulfilled.
  • Scarcity results because wants and needs are unlimited. No one has ever been completely satisfied. We always want more.

Limited resources are the other half of our scarcity problem.

  • Resources are the stuff that we use to produce the goods that fulfill our wants and needs.
  • Resources are the things that make satisfaction possible.
  • Resources are limited. We have only so much 'stuff' than can be used to produce the goods that satisfy our wants and needs.

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AVERAGE REVENUE AND MARGINAL REVENUE

A mathematical connection between average revenue and marginal revenue stating that the change in the average revenue depends on a comparison between average revenue and marginal revenue. For perfect competition, with no market control, marginal revenue is equal to average revenue, and average revenue does not change. For monopoly and other firms with market control, marginal revenue is less than average revenue, and average revenue falls.

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