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PPI: The abbreviation for Producer Price Index, which is an index of the prices domestic producers receive from selling their output. THE Producer Price Index is actually one of several producer price indexes compiled and published monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). THE Producer Price Index reported regularly in the media is actually the Producer Price Index for All Commodities. Other members in the family of producer price indexes include an array of broad, composite indexes (including finished consumer goods, capital goods, and crude materials); indexes that track the prices received by producers in virtually every major production industry in the country (including lumber, iron and steel, household furniture, and passenger cars); and price indexes for thousands of specific products. In total, the producer price index family includes well over 10,000 separate indexes.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 3: Measurement Page: 12 of 26

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Since the 1930s Great Depression, when the modern study of economics was prompted, economists have sought indicators of business cycles.

Some indicators are:

  • Real GDP, the unemployment rate, and the inflation rate are useful measures, but they measure only specific aspects of the economy. These may not be the best indicators of overall business cycle activity.Economists have identified three sets of indicators to track business cycles:
    • Leading indicators.
    • Coincident indicators.
    • Lagging indicators.

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AVERAGE VARIABLE COST

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

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