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ZONING: Legal restrictions on where different activities can locate within a city. Most cities regulate the location of industrial, commercial, and residential activities. The underlying motivation behind zoning is to keep less desirable, but perhaps more profitable, activities from encroaching upon residential areas.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 2: Looking Behind GDP Page: 6 of 25

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Measuring GDP in the U.S. economy uses data involving $8 trillion of production, 270 million consumers, hundreds of thousands of businesses, and a huge number of market transactions.
  • The circle on the left represents all current economic production in the economy. This is what GDP seeks to measure.
  • But GDP can not measure this directly. Information for measuring GDP comes from market transactions.
  • The circle on the right represents all market transactions.
  • Much of the economic production circle overlaps the market transaction circle. But each circle has a slice not contained in the other.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR URBAN WAGE EARNERS AND CLERICAL WORKERS

An index of prices of goods and services typically purchased by urban wage earners and clerical workers. This carries the official abbreviation CPI-W to distinguish it from its more famous sister index CPI-U, which is the standard Consumer Price Index for All Urban Workers, (commonly abbreviated simply as CPI). Like the standard CPI, the CPI-W is compiled and published monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), using price data obtained from an elaborate survey of 25,000 retail outlets and quantity data generated by the Consumer Expenditures Survey.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time looking for the new strip mall out on the highway hoping to buy either a birthday greeting card for your grandfather or a weathervane with a cow on top. Be on the lookout for infected paper cuts.
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Okun's Law posits that the unemployment rate increases by 1% for every 2% gap between real GDP and full-employment real GDP.
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