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MATERIALS: The stuff used in the production of tangible products that become the tangible products. Materials, also termed raw materials, are part of the land category of scarce resources. Space is also part of the land resource category. Another term that works as a synonym for materials is natural resources. Perhaps it's obvious that without materials, there would be no tangible products.

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DISECONOMIES OF SCALE: Increasing long-run average cost that occurs as a firm increases all inputs and expands its scale of production. This is graphically illustrated by a positively-sloped long-run average cost curve and typically occurs for relatively large levels of production. Diseconomies of scale overwhelm by economies of scale for relatively large production levels. Together, economies of scale and diseconomies of scale cause the long-run average cost curve to be U-shaped.

     See also | long-run average cost | long-run average cost curve | economies of scale | returns to scale | decreasing returns to scale | increasing returns to scale | short-run production | law of diminishing marginal returns | fixed input | variable input |


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RENT SEEKING

The inclination of everyone who is alive and breathing to get as much extra income, wealth, profit, or satisfaction as they can. Rent, while technically considered the factor payment for the use of land resources, is also commonly used as a synonym for economic profit, for the acquisition of benefits above opportunity cost. Rent seeking is the entirely rational process of obtain as much "extra" as possible. In effect, rent seeking is nothing more than utility maximization. Efficiency problems can arise, however, when rent seeking is enhanced and enabled through market control, political influence, or actions of special interest groups.

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