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KONDRATIEFF CYCLE: A cycle of economic activity lasting between 45 and 60 years that acquired the name of the first economist to study it, the Russian economist N. D. Kondratieff. The Kondratieff cycle is somewhat controversial and has been attributed to a number of different causes, including investment in transportation infrastructure. This is one of four separate cycles of macroeconomic activity that have been documented or hypothesized. The other three are Kitchin cycle, Juglar cycle, and Kuznets cycle.

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Markets do a reasonable, but not make perfect, job of pursuing the five economic goals.

Market Imperfections:

  • Instability: Markets can cause instability in the macroeconomy, preventing growth, stability, and full employment.
  • Inefficiency: Market imperfections can prevent the economy from efficiently using resources.
  • Equity: The market generated distribution of income and wealth might not be desired by society.

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BANK PANIC

An economy-wide problem in the financial sector and the banking industry that triggers an economy-wide business-cycle contraction or even depression. Bank panics were common throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, during which time they where the primary cause of business-cycle downturns. Bank panics usually involved bank runs that spread from bank to bank throughout the economy.

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