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FALLACY OF COMPOSITION: The logical fallacy of arguing that what is true for the parts is also true for the whole. In the study of economics, this takes the form of assuming that what works for parts of the economy, such as households or businesses also works for the aggregate, or macroeconomy. The contrasting fallacy, which you might want to examine next, is the fallacy of division.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 1: Getting Started Page: 1 of 24

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Production possibilities is an analysis that shows how much of two goods that our economy can produce given existing resources and technology.

Production possibilities analysis is used to...

  • Answer the 'What?' question of allocation: To answer the "What?", what goods we want to produce depends on what goods the economy is able to produce.
  • Understand economic concepts: Some of the key terms we will analyze are opportunity cost, unemployment, full employment, investment, and growth.
  • Introduce graphical analysis techniques: This will be our first hands-on work with graphical analysis, a required part of economic study. Graphs, lines, and curves are a handy way of abstracting key relationships and principles from the real world.

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EFFICIENT INFORMATION SEARCH

A comparison between the cost of acquiring information and the benefit generated by the information such that it is not possible to increase welfare or well being by acquiring any more of any less information. Efficient information search is achieved by equating the marginal cost of search with the benefit of search. This efficiency is comparable to the profit-maximizing decision by a producer and the utility-maximizing decision by a consumer.

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