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ORDINAL: A measurement based on a ranking, such as first, second, and third, that enables a relative comparison of more or less. Relative comparability means, for example, that first is more than second and second is more than third, but how much more is not known. Cardinal measures, which use a quantitative measurement scale, is an alternative type of measure. An ordinal measure can be thought of as a list for high to low, good to bad, top to bottom, and are often based on subjective evaluations of items. The notion of ordinal measurement is most often seen in the economic analysis of indifference curves and utility.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 4: Regulating Banks Page: 21 of 24

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  • That banking is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the economy.
  • The main reasons of bank regulations:
    • When balance between profit and safety fails, customers lose trust and banks may have to shut down.
    • Banks control 60% of the M1 money supply.
  • The problems for the economy when banks get carried away seeking profits without having enough deposit-protecting reserves.
  • The main institutions which regulate banking activities and their main functions: Federal Reserve System (Fed), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Comptroller of the Currency.
  • The ways in which banks are regulated.

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AVERAGE FACTOR COST CURVE, PERFECT COMPETITION

A curve that graphically represents the relation between average factor cost incurred by a perfectly competitive firm for employing an input and the quantity of input used. Because average factor cost is essentially the price of the input, the average factor cost curve is also the supply curve for the input. The average factor cost curve for a perfectly competitive firm with no market control is horizontal. The average revenue curve for a firm with market control is positively sloped.

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