opportunity cost


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opportunity cost

n. Economics
The net value or utility of the most desirable alternative to a projected course of action.

opportunity cost

n
(Economics) economics the benefit that could have been gained from an alternative use of the same resource

opportunity cost

The benefit that is sacrificed by choosing one course of action rather than the next best alternative, e.g. the opportunity cost sacrificed in building a road might be use of the land for farming.
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Noun1.opportunity cost - cost in terms of foregoing alternatives
cost - the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor
capital cost, cost of capital - the opportunity cost of the funds employed as the result of an investment decision; the rate of return that a business could earn if it chose another investment with equivalent risk
carrying cost, carrying charge - the opportunity cost of unproductive assets; the expense incurred by ownership
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"I never talk about any grades of a student, but this student took Econ 1 in the fall [of 1995], and in the spring [of 1996], he took opportunity cost to heart, dropped out of Stanford, and joined the pro tour."
This commentary provides two conceptual frameworks for thinking about explanation in negative messages: opportunity cost, from economic theory, and attribution, from marketing theory.
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The public and the political leadership have to be made aware of the opportunity cost of expenditure programmes while the cost effectiveness of programme implementation must be improved.
Critically, economics teaches that the relevant cost is what we call the opportunity cost, which is not the number of hours a task takes you but rather what you forgo by not pursuing the next best use of your time.
Opportunity Cost: In economics the opportunity cost is the cost of the opportunity lost in order to avail another one.
Perhaps, the most ideal benchmark is the minimum return based on opportunity cost, which is derived by taking the sum of the 'risk-free' rate as represented by the 10-year bond yield and the risk premium.
"As this type of police activity is considered to be normal police operational activity, it is not, usually, separately costed, with the matter being considered to be an opportunity cost. The Force, in this instance, is in a position to provide an overview estimate of cost for the escort provided by the Force over 27 days.
Today, he explains the concept of "opportunity cost."
"The problem is that such investors fail to calculate the opportunity cost,'' points out Subramanyam.
Opportunity cost is defined as a benefit that could have been received, but was given up in order to take another course of action.
Every business has an opportunity cost: the expense associated with lost opportunities --the deals that didn't close and the prospects who walked right by your storefront or were turned off by your website or salesperson.

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