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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: 4 of 26

Topic: Contractionary Bad Times <=PAGE BACK | PAGE NEXT=>

Contractionary bad times give us the most problems.
  • First: Real GDP declines during a contraction. This means less production for the four sectors to buy.
  • Second: Unemployment increases. Resources, especially labor, produce less and receive less income. 3-5 million workers newly employed.
  • Third: The incomes of employed resources also tend to fall, or at least not rise as much as an expansion.
  • Fourth: Business profits decline and bankruptcies increase.
  • Fifth: Social problems, including crime, poverty, and alcoholism, worsen.
But contractions have some good:
  • Inflation remains low or declines.
  • Some resources are more efficiently allocated.

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MARGINAL COST AND MARGINAL PRODUCT

The U-shape of the marginal cost curve is closely related to the hump-shape of the marginal product curve. The increasing portion of the marginal product curve corresponds with the decreasing portion of the marginal cost curve. The decreasing portion of the marginal product curve corresponds with the increasing portion of the marginal cost curve. The peak of the marginal product curve corresponds with the minimum of the marginal cost curve.

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