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WIDGET: A fictitious good commonly used by economic instructors to demonstrate economic principles or undertake hypothetical analyses. For example, the analysis of short-run production for a firm might be demonstrated through the production of widgets. Alternatively, the law of demand might be illustrated with a table or curve comparing the price of widgets with the quantity demanded of widgets. If such a good exists, and there is no clear evidence that widgets have every existed, it is a small mechanical device, constructed of interlocking cogs, several knobs, and at least one handle. Widgets are most often used when thingamajigs and dohickies are unavailable.

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Lesson 20: Federal Reserve System | Unit 3: The Fed Pyramid Page: 7 of 20

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The structure of the Federal Reserve:
  • Chairman of the Board of Governors: the boss of the Fed.
  • Board of Governors: 7 people, usually economists who make big decisions.
  • Federal Reserve Banks: 37 banks dispersed throughout the country.
  • Commercial Banks: traditional banks, credit unions, savings and loan associations and mutual savings banks.
  • The Non-Bank Public: people, businesses, and government agencies using commercial banking services.

  • The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is critical for money supply control.
  • The Federal Advisory Council (FAC), isn't quite as important.

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VERTICAL MERGER

The consolidation of two or more separately-owned businesses, that have an input-output relation, into a single firm. This is one of three types of mergers. The other two are horizontal merger--two competing firms in the same industry that sell the same products--and conglomerate merger--two firms in separate, unrelated industries.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time strolling around a discount warehouse buying club seeking to buy either a how-to book on home remodeling or a tall storage cabinet with five shelves and a secure lock. Be on the lookout for mail order catalogs with hidden messages.
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Helping spur the U.S. industrial revolution, Thomas Edison patented nearly 1300 inventions, 300 of which came out of his Menlo Park "invention factory" during a four-year period.
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