Describe the concept of Production Possibility Frontier (PPF)  with example.

Subject Economics
NU Year Set: 1.(e) Marks: 4 Year: 2012

The production possibility frontier (PPF) is a curve depicting all maximum output possibilities for two goods, given a set of inputs consisting of resources and other factors. The PPF assumes that  all inputs are used       efficiently.

The PPF drives home the idea that opportunity costs normally come up when an economic organization with limited resources must decide between two alternatives. The PPF is depicted graphically as an arc, with one commodity on the X axis and the other commodity on the Y axis. At each point on the arc, there is an efficient number of the two commodities that can be produced with available resources. Therefore, it's up to the organization to look at the PPF and decide what number of each commodity should be produced to maximize the overall benefit to the economy.

If, for example, a government organization is deciding between the production mix of textbooks and computers, and it can produce either 40 textbooks and 7 computers or 70 text books and 3 computers, it's up to that organization to determine what it needs more. In this example, the opportunity cost of producing an additional 30 textbooks is 4 computers.




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