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INDUSTRY REGULATION: Government regulation of an entire industry. The most common industry regulation has been in airline, railroad, trucking, banking, and television broadcasting. The objective of industry regulation is for a regulatory agency to keep a close eye on an industry's prices and product to ensure that they don't start a monopoly and take advantage of consumers. Unfortunately more than a few of the regulatory agencies have been prone to work too closely with those they regulate, in large part because regulators move freely between industry and agency. The agency often ends up working for the industry and running what is effectively a legal monopoly that raises prices, prevents competition, and gouges consumers.

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Lesson 20: Federal Reserve System | Unit 2: What It Does Page: 6 of 20

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  • That the Fed is the entity responsible for ensuring that the economy has the proper amount of money.
  • The two reasons for controlling the money supply: (a) to avoid inflation and recession and (b) to ensure the value of money.
  • That when the United States did not have a central bank, the economy experienced periods of turmoil.
  • That the Federal Reserve System, established 1913, although not perfect, has helped stabilize the economy.

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An initial condition or statement of a model or theory that sets the stage for an analysis by abstracting from the real world. Assumptions are important to economic analysis. Some assumptions are used to simplify a complex analysis into more easily manageable parts. Other assumptions are used as control conditions that are subsequently changed to evaluate the consequences.

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