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AFL-CIO: The umbrella organization for many labor unions in the United States, with AFL standing for American Federation of Labor, and CIO the abbreviation of Congress of Industrial Organizations. The AFL-CIO began as just the AFL in 1886 as a collection of craft unions representing skilled workers. It expanded to include semiskilled and unskilled workers represented by industrial unions. Differing interests among the two groups lead to a division of the original AFL in 1938 into two separate groups -- the AFL containing craft unions and CIO containing industrial unions. This rift was closed in 1955, when the AFL and CIO merged to form the AFL-CIO.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 1: Instability Page: 3 of 26

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Expansionary good times are almost always good. But here is a bad side.
  • The good side: The economy is growing, more goods are produced, living standards rise, businesses are profitable, and scarcity problems are lessened.
  • The bad side: Inflation and inefficiency.
  • Inflation tends to worsen when the economy expands too rapidly. Inflation is usually a bigger problem for some than for others, including those on fixed incomes and with financial wealth.
  • Inefficiency is likely during an expansion. With the entire economy expanding, and everyone becoming better off, the incentive to be efficient is reduced.

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MARKET EQUILIBRIUM, GRAPHICAL ANALYSIS

An analysis of market equilibrium using a graph that combines a demand curve and a supply curve. A graphical analysis of the market is used to ascertain information such as market equilibrium, equilibrium price, equilibrium quantity, shortage, and surplus. This is one of two basic methods of analyzing market equilibrium. The other is a numerical analysis using demand and supply schedules.

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