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POVERTY: A condition in which a person lacks many of the basic necessities of life and the income needed to buy them. If these seems like a fuzzy concept, it is. Poverty is often a subjective notion, because the notion of basic necessities is also subjective. While everyone needs food for life, will a handful of wild grain do the trick or do you need an evening of fine dining? While there are no once-and-for-all, clear-cut answers, our good friends with the government have developed a so-called poverty line used as an official measure of who's in poverty and who's not. Most importantly, this poverty line is used to determine who's eligible to receive welfare and other forms of public assistance.

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Lesson 7: Market Equilibrium | Unit 3: A Graph Page: 11 of 22

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This market graph combines the forces of demand and supply.
  • Equilibrium is achieved as each side of the market seeks a mutually agreeable exchange.
  • The equilibrium price is 50 cents and the equilibrium quantity is 400 tapes. At this 50-price, the quantity demanded is equal to the quantity supplied.
  • At no other price is the quantity demanded and supplied equal.
  • That's equilibrium.

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SUBSTITUTE-IN-CONSUMPTION

One of two (or more) goods that provide the same basic satisfaction of a want or need when consumed. A substitute-in-consumption is one of two alternatives falling within the other prices determinant of demand. The other is a complement-in-consumption. An increase in the price of one substitute good causes an increase in demand for the other. A substitute-in-consumption has a positive cross elasticity of demand.

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