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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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MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE: The money function in which money is widely accepted in exchange for goods and services. For an asset to function as a medium of exchange it need to have value in use, but only value in exchange. This is one of four basic functions of money. The other three are measure of value, store of value, and standard of deferred payment. THE primary function of money is to act as THE medium of exchange. People use money to buy and sell goods. Buyers give up money and receive goods and sellers give up goods and receive money. Money makes transactions easier because everyone is willing to trade money for goods and goods for money.

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VARIABLE COST

In general, cost that changes with changes in the quantity of output produced. More specifically, variable cost is combined with the adjectives "total" and "average" to indicate the overall level of variable cost or the per unit variable cost. Variable cost depends on the amount produced. If there is no production, then there is no variable cost.

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