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Comparative advantage and Cost- Benefit Principle

by: Noah Villemarette

Comparative advantage and Cost- Benefit Principle 2315

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Just a brief description of Comparative Advantage and cost- Benefit principle with an example that is not as easy as most, but is still understandable and relevant to the material. Also is a helpfu...
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Date Created: 09/12/16
Monday, September 12, y Chapter 2: Comparative Advantage & Cost­ Benefit  Principle  Cost Benefit Principle ­ Cost­Benefit Principle: looking at the benefits of a situation or choice to be made and  comparing them to the costs. • Opportunity Cost: the value of the Next best deal or opportunity you give up when  making a choice. ­ Explicit Costs: Monetary costs (cash, credit, or a tangible thing of dollar value) ­ Implicit Costs: non­ Monetary Costs (knowledge or a skill that you get from  partaking in one activity over another). ­ What ever you compare has to be similar. They both have to be in the same  general industry or way of thinking. • Marginal Quantity: the last bit of resources that you can use before it is costing you  explicitly or implicitly. ­ Marginal Cost: the costs to make one additional unit of something ­ Marginal Benefit: the benefit to make additional unit of something. • Positive Concepts: concepts about the economy that can somehow be tested in the real world. • Normative Concepts: concepts that are OPINIONS on what should happen in the  economy. 1 Monday, September 12, y Comparative Advantage ­ Absol ute  Advantage: having an advantage in production, assembly, and efficiency. ­ Comparative Advantage: Providing things at the lowest opportunity cost compared to  a competitor. • Example: England and Portugal both produce wine and cloth.  • England has an absolute advantage in both wine and cloth, because when they  put all of their resources into one or the other, they can produce wine and cloth  more efficiently than Portugal. •  Moreover, England also holds the comparative advantage in Wine production,  because for every one bottle of wine they produce they are giving up 0.83 pieces of cloth. Which is less than the 1.125 pieces of cloth that Portugal will give up if they  produce only wine. • However, Portugal has the comparative advantage in cloth production because  for every piece of cloth they produce, 0.88 bottles of wine cannot be produced.  Where as if England were to only produce cloth, they would lose 1.2 bottles of  wine. ­ Specialization: choosing a Specific skill or industry to make money in.  • For specialization to work a countries economy: ­ Must happen in dense population. The more popped who specialize in different  things or skills, the better off the economy will be. ­ Can be good for an economy if it is large enough. (the size of the country  matters.)  ­ Makes individuals wealthier because they take advantage of their comparative  advantage. (everyone cannot specialize in the same thing.  2


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