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AFL: The abbreviation for the American Federation of Labor, which started as a collection of craft unions in 1886, this is now one half of the umbrella organization for labor unions in the United States (the AFL part of AFL-CIO). As a collection of craft unions, the AFL primarily represented skilled workers in particular occupations. However, it also contained unions representing unskilled industrial workers, which led to a rift among AFL members in 1938 and spawned the formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). This rift was closed in 1955, when both joined together to form the AFL-CIO, which is the primary advocate for workers and labor unions in the United States.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 2: The Schedule Page: 6 of 24

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Tradeoff between the production of jogging shoes and clock calibrators.
  • Resources are limited: Producing more of one good necessarily means producing less of the other.
  • This tradeoff represents the concept of opportunity cost.
  • Opportunity cost tells us how many pairs of jogging shoes are given up to produce each additional quartz clock calibrator.
  • Opportunity cost of first calibrator is 5 pairs of shoes.
  • Opportunity cost of second calibrator is 5 pairs of shoes.

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AVERAGE FACTOR COST, MONOPSONY

Total factor cost per unit of factor input employed by a monopsony in the production of output, found by dividing total factor cost by the quantity of factor input. Average factor cost, abbreviated AFC, is generally equal to the factor price. However, using the longer term average factor cost makes it easier to see the connection to related terms, including total factor cost and marginal factor cost.

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