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ABSOLUTE POVERTY: The amount of income a person or family needs to purchase an absolute amount of the basic necessities of life. These basic necessities are identified in terms of calories of food, BTUs of energy, square feet of living space, etc. The problem with the absolute poverty level is that there really are no absolutes when in comes to consuming goods. You can consume a given poverty level of calories eating relatively expensive steak, relatively inexpensive pasta, or garbage from a restaurant dumpster. The income needed to acquire each of these calorie "minimums" vary greatly. That's why some prefer relative poverty.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 2: Resources Page: 8 of 17

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  • The use of limited resources (factors of production) to produce goods and services that satisfy wants and needs.
  • The four basic types of resources: labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship.
  • Labor as the human effort used to produce goods.
  • Capital as the manufactured resource used in production.
  • Land as the natural resources that provide the materials used in goods.
  • Entrepreneurship as the factor that combines other resources in the production process.
  • Differences between limited, scarce, and free resources.
  • The fuzzy areas of overlap between the different types of resources.

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BUSINESS CYCLE PHASES

The recurring, but irregular, pattern of business cycles can be divided into two basic phases--expansion and contraction. An expansion is a period of increasing economic activity and a contraction is a period of declining economic activity. These two phases are marked by two transitions. The transition from expansion to contraction is termed a peak and the transition from contraction to expansion is termed a trough. The early portion of an expansion is often referred to as a recovery.

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