Julia can fix a meal in 1 hour, and her opportunity cost of one hour is $50. Jacque can fix the same kind of meal in 2 hours, and his opportunity cost of one hour is $20. Will both Julia and Jacque be better off if she pays him $45 per meal to fix her meals? Explain.
Trade allows all countries to achieve greater prosperity.
Explain the difference between absolute advantage and comparative advantage. Which is more important in determining trade patterns, absolute advantage or comparative advantage? Why?
The only two countries in the world, Alpha and Omega, face the following production possibilities frontiers.Alpha's Production Possibilities Frontier
Omega's Production Possibilities Frontier
a.Assume that each country decides to use half of its resources in the production of each good. Show these points on the graphs for each country as point A.
b.If these countries choose not to trade, what would be the total world production of popcorn and peanuts?
c.Now suppose that each country decides to specialize in the good in which each has a comparative advantage. By specializing, what is the total world production of each product now?
d.If each country decides to trade 100 units of popcorn for 100 units of peanuts, show on the graphs the gain each country would receive from trade. Label these points B.