Principles of Economics 2e
2nd Edition
ISBN: 9781947172364
Author: Steven A. Greenlaw; David Shapiro
Publisher: OpenStax
Textbook Question
Chapter 33, Problem 4SCQ

In Germany it takes three workers to make one television and four workers to make one video camera. In Poland It takes six workers to make one television and 12 workers to make one video camera.

1. Who has the absolute advantage in the production of televisions? Who has the absolute advantage in the production of video cameras? How can you tell?
2. Calculate the opportunity cost of producing one additional television set in Germany and In Poland. (Your calculation may involve fractions, which Is tine.) Which country has a comparative advantage in the production of televisions?
3. Calculate the opportunity cost of producing one video camera in Germany and in Poland. Which country has a comparative advantage in the production of video cameras?
4. In this example, is absolute advantage the same as comparative advantage, or not?
5. In what product should Germany specialize? In what product should Poland specialize?

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