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MASS PRODUCTION: The production of large quantities of virtually identical goods using large scale operations. Such production typically makes use of large factories that benefit from economies of scale. The "mass" aspect of mass production indicates: (1) that large quantities, or masses, of goods are produced and (2) that these goods are being purchased or consumed by the majority of the population, or large masses of people. Mass production is largely a consequence of the industrial revolution, which moved society from a rural-based population engaged in agrarian production to an urban-based population engaged in factory production.

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    BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

    An agency of the Department of Commerce that collects data about the United States economy (and other economies as well), conducts economic research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates economic statistics to the public. The information produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA for short) allows the government, business leaders, researchers, and the public to follow and understand the performance of the United States economy. Along with the Census Bureau and STAT-USA, BEA is part of the Department's Economics and Statistics Administration.

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