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ABSOLUTE POVERTY LEVEL: 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 a relative poverty level.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 5: Investment Page: 24 of 24

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  • Investment as the fundamental process of giving up current consumption to achieve greater productivity in the future.
  • How the tradeoff between consumption and capital is illustrated by a movement along the production possibilities curve.
  • How the sacrifice of more current consumption to produce more capital leads to a greater outward shift in the production possibilities curve.
  • The importance of economic growth resulting from investment in addressing the fundamental problem of scarcity.


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WAGES, AGGREGATE SUPPLY DETERMINANT

One of several specific aggregate supply determinants assumed constant when the short-run aggregate supply curve is constructed, and that shifts the short-run aggregate supply curve when it changes. An increase in the wages causes a decrease (leftward shift) of the short-run aggregate supply curve. A decrease in the wages causes an increase (rightward shift) of the short-run aggregate supply curve. Other notable aggregate supply determinants include the technology, energy prices, and the capital stock. Wages are an example of a resource price aggregate supply determinant.

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