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How can economies grow when one or more of the factors of production is weak?  

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One method of growing a factor of production would be importing workers. This can be done by providing visas for unskilled laborers to come take unfilled jobs or it can be by providing financial incentives for skilled workers to come from overseas in order to fill positions. The United States sometimes imports workers in order to ensure that agribusiness has enough laborers to pick crops. The United States also recruits engineers and doctors from overseas. Many universities also find top talent throughout the world's secondary schools in order to fill their medical schools.

Another method of compensating for a lack of resources is to provide cheap labor for other nation's raw materials to be processed. Many developing nations lack the infrastructure or markets needed to process raw materials into finished products. Nations provide financial incentives such as lack of worker and environmental regulations in order to cash in on a large supply of unskilled labor that is willing to work...

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