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LOCATION THEORY: A theoretical framework for studying the location decisions made of firms and households based on transportation cost and spatial differences in the accessibility of inputs and markets for outputs. Location theory, developed with noted contributions from August Losch, Alfred Weber, Johann von Thunen, Walter Christaller, and Walter Isard, explicitly considers the cost of transportation in the production and consumption choices made by firms and households. Location theory has been used to explain urban density, labor migration, and land use.

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MARGINAL ANALYSIS: A basic technique used in the economics that analyzes small, incremental changes in key variables. The economic obsession with marginal changes exists for at least two reasons. One reason is that many economic decisions made in the real world are made "at the margin." A second reason for using marginal analysis can best be termed analytical sophistication.

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PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY, SUPPLY DETERMINANT

The knowledge and information that suppliers have about production (that is, production techniques or the way inputs are combined to produce outputs) which are assumed constant when a supply curve is constructed. Production technology is one of five supply determinants that shift the supply curve when they change. The other four are resource prices, other prices, sellers' expectations, and number of sellers.

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