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SCARCE GOOD: A resource with an available quantity less than its desired use. Scarce resources are also called factors of production. Scarce goods are also termed economic goods. Scarce resources are used to produce scarce goods. Like the more general society-wide condition of scarcity, a given resource is scarce because it has a limited availability in combination with a greater (potentially unlimited) productive use. It's both of these that make it scarce. In other words, even though an item is quite limited it will not be a scarce resource if it has few if any uses (think pocket lint and free good).

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by Orley M. Amos, Jr.
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Chapter One: The Professor
Chapter Two: A Kind, Loving Instructor
Chapter Three: Some Yummy Purple Fruit
Chapter Four: Tyler's Second Test
Chapter Five: Cali O'Toole
Chapter Six: The Hideous Monster
Chapter Seven: Crunch Water
Chapter Eight: The Quest
Chapter Nine: The Valley Of Red
Chapter Ten: The Purple Village
Chapter Eleven: Leonardo Da Vinci
Chapter Twelve: The Estoffe Flow
Chapter Thirteen: The Evil Professor
Chapter Fourteen: Adam
Chapter Fifteen: The Caves
Chapter Sixteen: Mark Twain
Chapter Seventeen: Leonardo's Place
Chapter Eighteen: Return From Leornia
Chapter Nineteen: The Source Of Water
Chapter Twenty: The Real World

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Keeping The Lid On INFLATION

It's Thursday! It's 2:30 in the afternoon! IT'S PRETZEL TIME!! We must make a brief stop at one of Shady Valley's most acclaimed business establishments -- Max Mulroney's Pretzel Haven. My favorite, of course, is pretzel-on-a-stick. An ample supply of barbecue sauce is standard fair. I'm taken aback! Max has raised his pretzel prices once again -- for the third Thursday in a row. What sort of chicanery is at work here? Is Max trying to gouge the pretzel lovers of Shady Valley? Max says, quite emphatically, NO! His pretzel producing cost has risen. It seems, he explains, to be a pervasive problem throughout Shady Valley. He's not alone in pumping up prices. A quick price checking, window shopping expedition through the Shady Valley Central Town Sprawling Hills Shopping Mall, Mega-Mart Discount Warehouse Super Center, Manny Mustard's House of Sandwiches, and even Dr. Nova Cain's dental office reveals truth to Max's claim. Prices all over Shady Valley are rising. I suspect that there's only one way to unravel the intricacies of this mystery, we're need to examine the topic of inflation.
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