Finance Formulas / July 18, 2018 / Tatiana Douglas
Total costs are made up of fixed costs, those costs that are required for production but do not change based on output, and variable costs, those costs that increase or decrease as output increases or decreases. For example, if an organization manufactures desktop computer screens, the glass screens, plastic casings, electrical boards and wires, and screws are all variable costs. The cost of the facility they are made in and the equipment used to assemble the monitors are fixed costs. It doesn't matter if one monitor is made or 100, the cost of the facility and equipment will remain fixed.
Economic profit is a measurement of opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is the value of the trade-off when a decision is made. For example, an individual may consider returning to school to get a degree but in doing so, needs to quit his current job. The individual should consider not only the cost of tuition and books, but the income he forgoes by pursing a degree. This lost opportunity to make money, or opportunity cost, is the underlying purpose of calculating economic profit.
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