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CAPITAL: One of the four basic categories of resources, or factors of production. It includes the manufactured (or previously produced) resources used to manufacture or produce other things. Common examples of capital are the factories, buildings, trucks, tools, machinery, and equipment used by businesses in their productive pursuits. Capital's primary role in the economy is to improve the productivity of labor as it transforms the natural resources of land into wants-and-needs-satisfying goods.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 2: A Simple Cycle Page: 10 of 26

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Expansions don't last forever. The end of an expansion is the peak, the turning point to a contraction.
  • Point C is the end of the expansion and the beginning of the contraction, the peak.
  • A peak is the turning point between an expansion and a contraction.
  • A peak is the highest level reached by the economy before a contraction begins, the high before the drop.
  • Anticipating a peak turning point helps avoid the problems of unemployment, a bankrupt business, or lower income.

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CIRCULAR FLOW

A model of the continuous movement of production, income, and the services of scarce resources that flow between producers and consumers. In particular, the circular flow is a model of the continuous production and consumption interaction among the four major sectors of the macroeconomy--household, business, government, and foreign--using the three macroeconomic markets--product, resource, and financial. The circular flow model provides a easy way of getting the "big picture" and of seeing how the key parts of the macroeconomy fit together.

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During the American Revolution, the price of corn rose 10,000 percent, the price of wheat 14,000 percent, the price of flour 15,000 percent, and the price of beef 33,000 percent.
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