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PERFECT COMPETITION, REALISM: Perfect competition is an idealized market structure that does NOT exist in the real world. While some real world industries might come relatively close to one or two of the four key characteristics of perfect competition, none matches all four sufficiently that they can be declared PERFECTLY competitively. Some industries come close on the large number of small firms and the identical product characteristics. A few industries have relatively good, although not perfect, information about prices and technology. However, almost all industries fall far short of the perfect mobility characteristics.

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Lesson 19: Money Creation | Unit 1: A Little Magic Page: 2 of 23

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The mystical source of magic is fractional-reserve banking.

Remember:

  • Banks control 60% of the M1 money supply.
Fractional-reserve banking activities:
  • First: As financial intermediaries banks pool unspent household income, which is used for business loans for investment in capital.
  • Second: As safekeepers of deposits, they provide 60% of the money that our economy uses for exchanges.
Important:
  • The division between reserves and loans is the source of banking magic.

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COMMAND ECONOMY

An economy in which the government uses its coercive powers to answer the three questions of allocation. This is the real world version of the idealized theoretical pure command economy. While in this real world version some allocation decisions are undertaken by markets, the vast majority are made through central planning.

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