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INCREASING-COST INDUSTRY: A perfectly competitive industry with a positively-sloped long-run industry supply curve that results because expansion of the industry causes higher production cost and resource prices. For an increasing-cost industry the entry of new firms, prompted by an increase in demand, causes the long-run average supply curve of each firm to shift upward, which increases the minimum efficient scale of production.

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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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CONTRACTION

A phase of the business cycle characterized by a general period of declining economic activity. A contraction is one of two basic business cycle phases. The other is expansion. The transition from contraction to expansion is termed a trough and the transition from expansion to contraction is termed a peak. The popular term for contraction, one that frequently shows up in the media, is recession.

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