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PREDATORY PRICING: The process in which a firm with market control reduces prices below average total cost with the goal of forcing competitors into bankruptcy. This practice is most commonly undertaken by oligopoly firms seeking to expand their market shares and gain greater market control. Predatory price has been outlawed by antitrust laws, but it can be difficult to prove, and is thus likely exists more than most people think.

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Lesson 20: Federal Reserve System | Unit 4: Monetary Policy Page: 12 of 20

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The Federal Reserve controls banks as a means of controlling the money supply.

A more specific definition:

Monetary policy is controlling the money creation activity of the fractional-reserve banking system to control deposits and the money supply to affect business-cycle fluctuations.

Early tasks of the Fed:

  • To keep banks in business and to avoid serious reductions in bank reserves that would shrink financial wealth and money supply.

    What the Fed does now:

  • Manipulate the money supply by manipulating reserves.

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PRODUCTION POSSIBILITIES SCHEDULE

A table of numbers that illustrates the production possibilities of an economy--the alternative combinations of two goods that an economy can produce with given resources and technology. A production possibilities schedule illustrates that the economy must give up the production of one good to produce another good--the basic economic notion of opportunity cost. A production possibilities schedule is also used to derive the highly useful production possibilities curve (or frontier).

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