[This is part of the series: The Complete Guide To Economics 101.]
What is the production possibilities frontier?
The Production Possibilities Frontier is nothing but a simple graphic that represents the combinations of output that an economy (or other entity) is capable of producing.
For example, say that in their work a particular marketing department is capable of either writing blog posts, or designing info-graphics.
- If they spend all their time writing, they can make 50 blog posts.
- If they spend all their time designing, they can make 100 info-graphics.
(Note that many times, the production possibilities frontier can also be non-linear.)
It also shows the concept of opportunity costs in the sense that producing one thing comes at the cost of not being able to produce something else.