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WORLD BANK: (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) An agency of the United Nations that was established in 1945 to promote the economic development of the poorer nations in the world. They pursue this goal by providing low-interest loans to less development countries and offering technical assistance on the best ways to use these loans. Funds for the loans are obtained by the World Bank by selling bonds on the world's financial markets. It's long-run economic development orientation is usually coordinated with the shorter-run efforts of its sister U. N. agency, the International Monetary Fund.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 2: Looking Behind GDP Page: 12 of 25

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GDP is the total MARKET VALUE of current economic production, that is, GDP measures current production at current market prices.
  • If we measure current economic production, current prices work fine. If we compare GDP from one year to the next year, current prices can be misleading.
  • For example... a 10% increase in GDP could result from changes in production, prices, or both. Production could be 10% higher will prices do not change. Or prices could 10% higher while production does not change. Or this could be a mix of changes in production and prices.
  • All we know is that GDP has risen by 10%, but it is difficult to know what has happened to physical production.
We need something more, we need real GDP.

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AVERAGE FIXED COST

Total fixed cost per unit of output, found by dividing total fixed cost by the quantity of output. When compared with price (per unit revenue), average fixed cost (AFC) indicates whether or not a profit-maximizing firm should shutdown production in the short run. Average fixed cost is one of three average cost concepts important to short-run production analysis. The other two are average total cost and average variable cost. A related concept is marginal cost.

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