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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION ACT: This antitrust law passed in 1914 created the Federal Trade Commission to clarify which practices and activities were illegal under antitrust laws. The Federal Trade Commission Act was one of three major antitrust laws passed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The other two were the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act. In particular, the Federal Trade Commission was responsible for setting the standards for what constituted unfair competition and for investigating business activities that might lead to monopolization of a market or restraint of trade. The Whealer-Lea Act, passed in 1938, was a major amendment t the Federal Trade Commission Act.

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Lesson 11: Circular Flow | Unit 1: Basic Flow Page: 1 of 22

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Economic activity can be separated according to the four basic macroeconomic sectors--household, business, government, and foreign. The circular flow model helps us analyze the interaction among these sectors.

The circular flow is a model of the continuous production and consumption interaction among the four major sectors (household, business, government, and foreign), that takes place through the three aggregated macroeconomic markets (product, factor and financial).

  • The circular flow is a simple model that helps us understand the complex real world economy.

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AVERAGE VARIABLE COST CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between average variable cost incurred by a firm in the short-run product of a good or service and the quantity produced. This curve is constructed to capture the relation between average variable cost and the level of output, holding other variables, like technology and resource prices, constant. The average variable cost curve is one of three average curves. The other two are average total cost curve and average fixed cost curve. A related curve is the marginal cost curve.

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Post WWI induced hyperinflation in German in the early 1900s raised prices by 726 million times from 1918 to 1923.
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