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Homework Help: Economics: Comperative Advantage

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 12:57pm.

Refer to Figure 4. Assume that Cliff and Paul were both producing wheat and corn, and each were dividing their time equally between the two. Then they decide to specialize in the product they have a comparative advantage in. As a result, total production of corn would
a. increase by 1 bushel.
b. increase by 3 bushels.
c. increase by 5 bushels.
d. decrease by 2 bushels.

P.S. - Figure 4 represents the production of wheat and corn of two individuals in a graph. Paul can either produce 8 wheat (0,8) or 10 corn (10,0). Cliff can either produce 6 (0,6) wheat or 4 corn (4,0).

The answer to the question is "b", but I don't understand how to get this answer. Please help me understand.

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