Questions 1. In ancient days a tribe of natives on the mythical continent of Atlantis was able to produce two commodities to eat.

Could the Atlantis tribe have produced 800 bushels of wild oats and 5,000 kilograms of fish at the same time? Explain your answer. Where would this point lie relative to the production possibility frontier?

No, they would not have been able to produce 800 bushels of wild oats along with 5,000 kilograms of fish at the same time. It is simply not possible, because there would not have been enough resources available. The point would lie outside or above the production possibility frontier.     

Using Table 1.a., what would have been the marginal opportunity cost of increasing the annual output of wild oats by 200 bushels, from 300 bushels up to 500 bushels?

  • Using Table 1.a., what would have been the marginal opportunity cost of increasing the annual output of wild oats by 200 bushels, from 625 bushels up to 825 bushels?

Why are the marginal opportunity costs for two similar batches of 200 bushels of wild oats not the same? Explain. What does this difference imply about the shape of the Atlantis tribe’s production possibility frontier curve?

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