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IMPORT: Goods and services produced by the foreign sector and purchased by the domestic economy. In other words, imports are goods purchased from other countries. The United States, for example, buys a lot of the stuff produced within the boundaries of other countries, including bananas, coffee, cars, chocolate, computers, and, well, a lot of other products. Imports, together with exports, are the essence of foreign trade--goods and services that are traded among the citizens of different nations. Imports and exports are frequently combined into a single term, net exports (exports minus imports).

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Lesson 7: Market Equilibrium | Unit 5: The Method Page: 22 of 22

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  • How efficient use of resources can automatically result from the self-correcting tendency of markets to achieve equilibrium.
  • The demand price on the demand curve as the value of goods produced by society.
  • The supply price on the supply curve as the value of goods not produced by society.
  • How too much or too little production generates inequality between the demand price and the supply price, and prevents efficiency.
  • How market imperfections, including the lack of competition and externalities, prevent efficiency.


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AVERAGE FACTOR COST, PERFECT COMPETITION

Total factor cost per unit of factor input employed by a perfectly competitive firm 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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