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FACTOR DEMAND CURVE: A graphical representation of the relationship between the price to a factor of production and quantity of the factor demanded, holding all ceteris paribus factor demand determinants constant. The factor demand curve is one half of the factor market. The other half is factor supply. The factor demand curve indicates the quantity of a factor that would be demanded at alternative factor prices. While all factors of production, or scarce resources, including labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship, have factor demand curves, labor is the factor most often analyzed. Like other demand curves, the factor demand curve is negatively sloped. Higher factor prices are associated with smaller quantities demanded and lower factor prices go with larger quantities demanded.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 3: Reserve Banking Page: 15 of 24

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The story continues when Elizabeth the Innkeeper needs to expand her business and ask Fred for a loan.

The story:

  • Elizabeth's business is booming, but she is temporarily short of money, short of gold.
  • She asks Fred for a loan of gold that belongs to Bill the Knight that Fred keeps on his safe.
  • Elizabeth is willing to pay Fred a sizable fee for taking the risk of making this loan.
  • Fred makes the loan.
  • Elizabeth expands her inn, she repays the loan on schedule with interest with profit from business.
  • Bill collects his gold upon returning.
  • Other local merchants soon seek interest lending services from Fred.

Fred has discovered the lending function of modern banks.


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The system of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services that a society uses to address the problem of scarcity.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time looking for a downtown retail store seeking to buy either looseleaf notebook paper or a three-hole paper punch. Be on the lookout for letters from the Internal Revenue Service.
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Paper money used by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prior to the U.S. Revolutionary War, which was issued against the dictates of Britain, was designed by patriot and silversmith, Paul Revere.
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