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ALTERNATIVE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES: The official unemployment rate estimated and reported monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) using data from Current Population Survey is one of six alternative measures of unemployment tracked by the BLS, officially labeled U1-U6. The "official" unemployment rate is U3. The other five measures seek to document different ways in which labor can be underutilized, including unemployment duration, job losers, discouraged workers, marginally-attached workers, and part-time workers.

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Lesson 17: Money | Unit 1: Money Basics Page: 2 of 25

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The notion of general acceptance makes money THE medium of exchange for economic transactions.

It must be generally accepted.

  • Two types of value:
    1. Value in use (intrinsic value): An item provides satisfaction of wants and needs.
    2. Value in exchange: An item does not provide satisfaction directly but can be traded for something that does.
  • Money may or may not have value in use, but to be a medium of exchange, it must have value in exchange.

Money is an economic lubricant.

  • Too much money prompts inflationary expansion and too little entices recessionary unemployment.
  • The challenge is to maintain the proper balance between too much and too little.

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A curve that graphically represents the relation between marginal factor cost incurred by a firm for hiring an input and the quantity of input employed. A profit-maximizing firm hires the quantity of input found at the intersection of the marginal factor cost curve and marginal revenue product curve. The marginal factor cost curve for a firm with no market control is horizontal. The marginal factor cost curve for a firm with market control is positively sloped and lies above the average factor cost curve.

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