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KEIRETSU: A form of business structure common in Japan which involves an alliance of several businesses, each working toward the mutual success of the group. The alliance also has close ties to government. Each "independent" business owns stock in the others and shares executives and directors. Keiretsu can be either horizontally or vertically integrated. Horizontal keiretsu cluster around a major bank with business ventures in a wide variety of industries. Vertical keiretsu contain businesses in all production phases of a particular industry, from raw materials to production to marketing.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 1: What It Is Page: 3 of 24

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  • The primary financial intermediary task of banks is to match up borrowers and savers.
  • Two main functions of banks: Maintaining deposits for costumers and offering loans to credit-worthy customers.
  • That banks perform a 'financial' intermediary function, that is, divert household income away from consumption expenditures and to investment.
  • The importance of banks maintaining checking accounts, which are about 60% of the money supply.

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SHORT-RUN PRODUCTION ANALYSIS

An analysis of the production decision made by a firm in the short run, with the ultimate goal of explaining the law of supply and the upward-sloping supply curve. The central feature of this short-run production analysis is the law of diminishing marginal returns, which results in the short run when larger amounts of a variable input, like labor, are added to a fixed input, like capital. A contrasting analysis is long-run production analysis.

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