This video teaches the concept of Scarcity. The total resources of society, including natural resources, human resources, capital goods and entrepreneurship, are limited, causing scarcity to exist.

Key Concepts

Cost/Benefit Analysis, Decision Making, Economic Systems, Opportunity Cost, Productive Resources, Scarcity, Trade-off, Wants


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