Google
Sunday 
May 22, 2022 

AmosWEB means Economics with a Touch of Whimsy!

AmosWEBWEB*pediaGLOSS*aramaECON*worldCLASS*portalQUIZ*tasticPED GuideXtra CrediteTutorA*PLS
LIMITED RESOURCES: Finite quantities of labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship available to an economy for the production of goods and services. This is one half of the fundamental problem of scarcity that has plagued humanity since the beginning of time. The other half of the scarcity problem is unlimited wants and needs.

Visit the GLOSS*arama


HOW?:

The allocation question that determines the way society's limited resources are combined in the production of goods and services. It can be stated as: How are society's limited resources combined to produce goods and services? This is one of three basic questions of allocation. The other two are What? and For Whom?
The How? question of allocation arises because society faces the fundamental problem of scarcity--wants and needs are unlimited, but resources are limited. Because society lacks sufficient resources to produce every good that every person desires, society must decide which resources to use in the production of a good or service. Does society fabricate jogging shoes out of leather or plastic? Does it produce automobiles using high-tech robots or manual labor? Does it educate college students with professors or graduate instructors.

The two primary methods used to answer the How? question are markets and government. Markets employ voluntary exchanges among buyers and sellers. Governments make use of laws, rules, and regulations that are involuntarily imposed on members of society.

Markets

Markets address the How? question by using resources with lower prices. But prices are lower because resources have lower opportunity cost, which means society gives up less valuable production.

Suppose, for example, that The Wacky Willy Company is organizing the production of a new line of Wacky Willy Stuffed Amigos. Company decision makers are considering two alternatives--a computerized, high-tech production facility managed by a dozen highly trained computer programmers or a low-tech factory employing hundreds of semi-skilled workers and very little equipment. The Wacky Willy Company can achieve equal production from either alternative. However, because the wage paid to labor is relatively high compared to the cost of equipment, The Wacky Willy Company opts for high-tech production over low-tech.

How does this illustrate resource allocation and the How? question. The higher price of labor induces The Wacky Willy Company to produce Stuffed Amigos with relatively more equipment and relatively less labor. But why is the price higher? Presumably it is higher because labor foregoes more valuable alternatives. The end result is that less expensive resources (equipment) are used, making production more efficient and leading to lower prices.

Government

Governments address the How? question by dictating how resources are used to produce and others will not. This can be accomplished either directly through legal mandates (laws, rules, and regulations) or indirectly through the collection and spending of tax revenues.

Suppose, for example, that the Board of Regents of the Ambling Institute of Technology, a comprehensive state-supported university of higher learning, decides that the production of education services relies too heavily on human instruction and not enough on computer technology.

One way to alter the production of education services at the Institute is to pass a rule that seventy-five percent of all exam questions must be based on material available through computer websites. Any instructor violating this edict is fired (if untenured) or receives lower raises (if tenured). How does this address the How? question? In all likelihood, instructors seek to avoid punishment by producing education with more computer technology and less in-class human lectures.

Alternatively, the State Board of Regents could use a portion of tax revenues received from the state government to purchase computers and software, to hire computer technicians, and to fund programs that develop computer-based instruction. How does this address the How? question? Prompted by the redirection of tax revenues toward computer technology, instructors are likely to produce education using more computer technology and less human interaction.

<= HOUSEHOLD SECTORHYPOTHESIS =>


Recommended Citation:

HOW?, AmosWEB Encyclonomic WEB*pedia, http://www.AmosWEB.com, AmosWEB LLC, 2000-2022. [Accessed: May 22, 2022].


Check Out These Related Terms...

     | three questions of allocation | What? | For Whom? |


Or For A Little Background...

     | scarcity | limited resources | unlimited wants and needs | allocation | production |


And For Further Study...

     | efficiency | economic analysis | mixed economy | seven economic rules | incentive | distribution standards | ownership and control | political views | government functions | production possibilities | market | circular flow | production | short-run production analysis | long-run production analysis |


Search Again?

Back to the WEB*pedia


APLS

BEIGE MUNDORTLE
[What's This?]

Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time at a dollar discount store trying to buy either throw pillows for your living room sofa or a hepa filter for your furnace. Be on the lookout for mail order catalogs with hidden messages.
Your Complete Scope

This isn't me! What am I?

Mark Twain said "I wonder how much it would take to buy soap buble if there was only one in the world."
"Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think."

-- Horace, Ancient Roman poet

EFTS
Electronic Fund Transfer Systems
A PEDestrian's Guide
Xtra Credit
Tell us what you think about AmosWEB. Like what you see? Have suggestions for improvements? Let us know. Click the User Feedback link.

User Feedback



| AmosWEB | WEB*pedia | GLOSS*arama | ECON*world | CLASS*portal | QUIZ*tastic | PED Guide | Xtra Credit | eTutor | A*PLS |
| About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Statement |

Thanks for visiting AmosWEB
Copyright ©2000-2022 AmosWEB*LLC
Send comments or questions to: WebMaster