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VALUE: Quite simply, this is the amount of consumer satisfaction directly or indirectly obtained from a good. service, or resource. The more a good satisfies a person's want or need, then the more valuable it is to that person. Furthermore, different people are likely to place different values on a good. Resources are valuable to the degree that they are used to produce stuff that consumers want. The bottom line is that value, like beauty, is truly in the eye of the beholder.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 4: Regulating Banks Page: 18 of 24

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Banking is a heavily regulated industry.

Reasons:

  • First: Banks have the temptation to go for large profits at the expense of protecting deposits.
  • Second: The economy's health rests with having the 'correct' money supply.

The problems:

  • Banks get carried away seeking profits without having enough deposit-protecting reserves.
  • Customers can't withdraw deposits and lose trust.
  • Banks shut down, remaining bank deposits become worthless, and the money supply shrinks.
  • The economy heads into a recession.

Important points:

  • A failed bank is bad for the economy.
  • Government can control the checking account part of money only by controlling and regulating banks.

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ELASTICITY ALTERNATIVES, SUPPLY

Five categories of the price elasticity of supply that reflect the entire range of the relative responsiveness of a change in quantity supplied to a change in price. These five alternatives--perfectly elastic, relatively elastic, unit elastic, relatively inelastic, and perfectly inelastic--are often illustrated by different supply curves. The price elasticity of demand is also reflected by five comparable alternatives.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time waiting for visits from door-to-door solicitors hoping to buy either handcrafted decorations to hang on your walls or throw pillows for your bed. Be on the lookout for jovial bank tellers.
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The portion of aggregate output U.S. citizens pay in taxes (30%) is less than the other six leading industrialized nations -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, or Japan.
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