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Scarcity of resources
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  • 1. Presentation on-:<br />Scarcity and its role<br />By-<br />ShubhamSinghal<br />AkashBharti<br />
  • 2. Introduction-:<br /><ul><li> Scarcity means “of limited availability”. E.g.
  • 3. During Famine period, food is ‘scarce’ i.e. Scarcity of food.
  • 4. Scarcity is a fundamental economic problem of having humans who have unlimited wants & needs in world of limited resources.</li></li></ul><li>When will a resource be consider as ‘SCARCE’?<br /><ul><li>A resource is considered scarce when its availability is not enough to meet its demand .For e.g.
  • 5. When supply of onion in market is not enough to meet the demand, that condition can be referred as Scarcity of Onions.
  • 6. In arid areas, like Rajasthan, there is lack of water i.e. supply of water≠ its demand. This condition is called scarcity of water.
  • 7. Moreover, in institutions, when supply of internal marks is not enough to meet the demand of students, this condition is called scarcity of Internals.</li></li></ul><li>Factors responsible for Scarcity of resources-:<br />1) Limited supply of resources (natural Scarcity)for example,<br /><ul><li>scarcity of water in arid areas like deserts,
  • 8. scarcity of food in famine prone areas.</li></ul>2) Limited capabilities of technology or human skill (for example, those needed for enhanced production.)<br />3) Sometimes the insufficiencies are a result of poor planning and execution(Artificial scarcity).e.g. <br /><ul><li> In arid areas, proper planning is required for proper supply of water.</li></li></ul><li>4) But the most important factor is imbalance b/w ‘Wants’ &’Have’.<br />According to Emerson: “ Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have is never large enough to cover.”<br />Every person needs more resources than he have.<br />e.g.<br /><ul><li>A millionaire wants more money so that he can be counted as Billionaire</li></li></ul><li>Is it Possible to Have no Scarcity?<br /><ul><li> If proper planning & techniques are used for utilization and supply of insufficient resource, then condition of its to be scarce ‘minimizes’.
  • 9. If ‘needs’=‘have’
  • 10. If through spiritual practice and detachment you had very few desires – e.g. a monk or sannyasin then you would not see scarcity – as you would be content with just your daily bread.
  • 11. If you lived on an island with abundant resources and a small population, then the scarcity of resources would be less obvious
  • 12. But, in present society, most people desire more than just a loin cloth and a begging bowl. </li></li></ul><li>How to manage the condition of Scarcity-:<br /><ul><li>To manage the condition of Scarcity of resources, proper planning for supply & utilization of insufficient goods is required..This results in rise of three major economic issues:
  • 13. What to produce?
  • 14. How to Produce?
  • 15. For whom to produce?</li></li></ul><li>What, How& for whom to produce?1)What to Produce?<br /><ul><li>When making decisions about what to produce or what to consume, there is inevitably an opportunity cost. E.g.
  • 16. GDP of country can be used for many purposes. However, option having highest opportunity cost will be favored.</li></li></ul><li>2)How to produce?<br /><ul><li> Use of best possible technique & planning for production of a particular resource will result in better & huge production, hence minimizing the chance of Scarcity. E.g.
  • 17. Before, the introduction of Green Revolution in India, there was Scarcity of Food grains. But with the introduction of High Yielding varieties of seeds & better technique for production, production of Food grains almost doubled.</li></li></ul><li>Impact of Scarcity on Market?<br /><ul><li>If something is scarce - it will have a market value.
  • 18. It will result in inflation.</li></ul>If the supply of a good or service is low, the market price will rise, providing there is sufficient demand from consumers. Whereas when there is excess supply in a market, we expect to see prices falling. For example,<br /><ul><li> If we talk about services, </li></ul>IITians vs. Engineer from UPTU colleges.<br />
  • 19. Thank You<br />