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PERFECT COMPETITION AND SHORT-RUN SUPPLY CURVE: A perfectly competitive firm's supply curve is that portion of its' marginal cost curve that lies above the minimum of the average variable cost curve. A perfectly competitive firm maximizes profit by producing the quantity of output that equates price and marginal cost. As such, the firm moves along it's marginal cost curve in response to alternative prices. Because the marginal cost curve is positively sloped due to the law of diminishing marginal returns, the firm's supply curve is also positively sloped.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 2: The Schedule Page: 5 of 24

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This is a simple, hypothetical production possibilities schedule for the economy.
  • The economy is using all resources with given technology to efficiently produce two goods, jogging shoes and quartz clock calibrators.
  • Bundles A through K represent production alternatives for the economy, such as bundle D with 3 calibrators and 425 pairs of shoes. We have unlimited possibilities using available resources and technology to the fullest extent.
  • All shoes, no calibrators, bundle A.
  • All calibrators, no shoes, bundle K.
  • Some of each good, bundles E or J.
  • How about 9 calibrators and 410 pairs of shoes? No! Each bundle is the maximum we can produce.

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NET PRIVATE DOMESTIC INVESTMENT

Expenditures on capital goods to be used for productive activities in the domestic economy that are undertaken by the business sector during a given time period, after deducting capital depreciation. This is the official item in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economics Analysis measuring net capital investment expenditures. More specifically net private domestic investment is found by subtracting the capital consumption adjustment from gross private domestic investment. Its primary function is to measure the net increase in the capital stock resulting from investment.

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