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COMMERCIAL PAPER: Short-term negotiable financial instruments, or promissory notes, sold by corporations to raise working capital. The maturity length of commercial paper is less than a year, often 30, 60 or 90 days. The corporations who issue commercial paper are usually the largest, most stable, and most profitable businesses in the country.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 3: Measurement Page: 15 of 26

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Lagging economic indicators lag the turning points of business cycles by 3 to 12 months.
  • Lagging indicators 'seal the deal' by certifying that a contraction or an expansion is over.
  • The next turning point usually doesn't begin until lagging indicators confirm that the last one has happened.
  • Seven statistics are used as lagging indicators, including in the inflation rate, consumer debt, and the prime interest rate.
  • The Composite Index of Lagging Indicators, displayed in this graph, combines all seven into a single number. This index turns after the official business cycle.

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MARGINAL REVENUE PRODUCT AND FACTOR DEMAND

A perfectly competitive firm's factor demand curve is that negatively-sloped portion of its marginal revenue product curve. A perfectly competitive firm maximizes profit by hiring the quantity of input that equates factor price and marginal revenue product. As such, the firm moves along its negatively-sloped marginal revenue product curve in response to changing factor prices.

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