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ECON 142: Week 1 Notes

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ECON 142: Week 1 Notes ECON 142

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Principles of Microeconomics
Dr. Brian Staihr
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Date Created: 02/05/16
Page 16 Economics – choices people make to attain their goals given their scarce resources  Microeconomics – single person, firm, or industry  Macroeconomics – economy as a whole, unemployment, inflation, deficit, debt Page 14 How does a person, firm, industry allocate resources? Difference between equity (fairness) and efficiency (no waste) Page 4 – 5 Three ideas:  People are rational (logical) – do what’s in best interest  People respond to economic incentives  Optimal decisions are made at the “margin” Page 7 Margin – a small increment, one more unit, extra, additional At the margin: benefits vs. costs Examples:  Studying a little bit more for your first exam  Letting one more guest stay in a hotel Page 8 Trade Off  Opportunity cost – value of the thing you didn’t do  Book definition for opportunity cost – value of the next best alternative Markets and Market Economy A market is a set of buyers and sellers whose actions affect the price of product/service Page 13 Normative vs. Positive Analysis  Normative – a statement that is based on judgment/opinion/etc. that makes a valued argument; qualitative; subjective  Positive – a statement based on numbers/facts/logic that can be proven/disproven; quantitative; objective Page 11 Allocative vs. Productive Efficiency  Productive Efficiency – occurs when a good or service is produced at the lowest possible cost Example – when competition among firms force firms to produce at the lowest possible cost  Allocative Efficiency – production is in accordance with consumer preferences Example - voluntary exchange among firms and consumers results in firms producing the mix of goods that consumers prefer the most Page 9 Market Economy vs. Centrally Planned  Market Economy – decisions of households and firms interacting in markets allocate economic resources Example – capitalism; laissez-faire  Centrally Planned – decides how economic resources are used


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