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WANTS AND NEEDS: These are the unfulfilled desires that motivate human behavior and that when satisfied improve human well-being. They include both physiological or biological requirements for maintaining life (needs) and the psychological desires which make life more enjoyable (wants). However, when push comes to shove, and the nitty gets down to the gritty, it matters very little to markets if people need goods or want goods, so long as they are motivated to buy the goods to satisfy wants and needs.

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NEGATIVE RELATION: A relation, either a principle or hypothesis, in which an increase one variable is associated with a decrease in the other variable. A negative, or indirect, relation is most commonly illustrated by a downward sloping line. It can also be represented by an equation in which the slope value is negative.

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TOTAL VARIABLE COST AND MARGINAL COST

A mathematical connection between marginal cost and total variable cost stating that marginal cost IS the slope of the total variable cost curve. This relation between total variable cost and marginal cost is also seen with total cost. The slope of the total cost curve is marginal cost, as well. The relation between total variable cost and marginal cost is but another in the long line of applications of the total-marginal relation.

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