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Understanding Comparative Advantage, Specialization & Exchange - Chapter Summary
In this short chapter, you can review details about comparative advantage, specialization and exchange. You'll look at the law of comparative advantage, absolute advantage in international trade and trade gains. Each brief lessons provides definitions and examples to ensure your complete understanding of this material. After completing your study of this chapter, you should have developed the ability to:
- Define and provide examples of comparative advantage
- Explain specialization as it relates to the trade of goods
- Provide details about trade gains
- Use examples of international trade to explain absolute advantage
Taught by experienced economics and finance instructors, these lessons make it easy to learn about these topics. Each lesson takes only 5-10 minutes to review, and you can watch them as often as needed to develop a full understanding of each topic discussed. Self-assessment quizzes allow you to demonstrate mastery of this material or identify if you need to continue your review of these topics.
1. Comparative Advantage: Definition and Examples
Understand the definition of comparative advantage, using two goods as an example. This key lesson incorporates the basic foundations of economics into one foundational theory explaining what goods and services that people,and nations, should produce and for whom they should produce it.
2. Gains From Trade and the Benefit of Specialization
Explore one of the most widely accepted ideas in economics - the idea that nations benefit from specialization and exchange, reaping gains from trade.
3. Absolute Advantage in Trade: Definition and Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what absolute advantage is and how to easily identify it within examples of international trade. In addition, you'll learn the important difference between absolute advantage and comparative advantage.
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