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TIGHT MONEY: A term used when the Federal Reserve System pursues contractionary monetary policy. In other words, to contract our economy out of an inflationary expansion, the Fed decreases the amount of money in the economy or makes it "tighter" for people to get money (usually through bank loans).

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The two biggest, broadest fields in economics are:
  • Macroeconomics is the study of the aggregate economy, the entire pie, the whole forest. Macroeconomics is interested in things like gross production, unemployment, inflation, and recession.
  • Microeconomics is the study of parts of the economy, the slices of the pie, the trees of the forest. Microeconomics is interested in topics like market prices, consumer behavior, production costs, and competition.

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PERFECT COMPETITION, SHORT-RUN PRODUCTION ANALYSIS

A perfectly competitive firm produces the profit-maximizing quantity of output that equates marginal revenue and marginal cost. This production level can be identified using total revenue and cost, marginal revenue and cost, or profit. Because a perfectly competitive firm faces a perfectly elastic demand curve, it efficiently allocates resources by equating price and marginal cost. In addition, the marginal cost curve above the average variable cost curve is the perfectly competitive firm's short-run supply curve.

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