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microeconomics lecture 2 notes

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Date Created: 09/16/16
Microeconomics 9/8/16 Lecture 3 Essential Principles and concepts  Value is subjective  Trade creates value (wealth)  The “invisible hand principle”  Wealth is not fixed; people create it Capital  The more capital we have, the more we can produce  The more “tools” the better we can produce Wealth a limit?  Is there a limit to human ingenuity? No  There is constantly new inventions, new ways to use resources, recycle them, etc. so there may not be a limit as to how much wealth we can produce Scarcity  Enough free from nature that can supply everyone’s needs  The only good that is not considered scarce in the world, is air  Because things are scarce is why we economize  Implies rationingdecide how things will be used & who gets to use them o We ration things in market economy by willingness and ability to pay o Problem: some people are not able to pay o Positives:  Products wont run out as easily  Competition making others work harder  Goods go to where they’re most valued (will treat it the best)  Scarcityrationingcompetition Doughnut rationing exercise (how many ways)  Cutting in little pieces  Decide who didn’t eat breakfast  Rock paper scissors  Flip a coin  Names in hat  First come first serve  Who got to class first Opportunity Cost  Every action has one  Every time we talk about the cost of something, you should think about cost as opportunity cost o All costs are fundamentally opportunity costs o Whatever else you could have done for that action/cost o Cost To whom? People are purposive  people pursue their purposes, and try to do it at the lowest cost to themselves  ex. The way the parking lot fills up in the morning at school (people pick the closest ones first)  ex. Clothing on sale the number of articles sold will be higher  economics regard that all people are self-interested (not selfish)  economic reasoning Incentives matter  basically what economics is  when incentives change, people change their behaviors  unintended consequence: ex. A seatbelt law passed to reduce number of car accident injuries but frequency of accidents went up and number of pedestrians hit went up due to a feeling of “safety” drivers were driving more recklessly. Marginal Thinking  deciding between the benefit or cost  “thinking at the margin”


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