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Apr 24 2012

Productive efficiency

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When a good is produces in the least cost manner, productive efficiency is achieved. This means that firms producing the good are achieving the lowest possible average production cost; in other words, they are producing at the lowest point on their average total cost curve, where marginal cost intersects the ATC. Among the four market structures (perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly and monopoly), only perfectly competitive firms will achieve productive efficiency in the long-run, since the price in the market will always be competed down to the firms’ minimum ATC.


About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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