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HEDGING: Buying or selling futures contracts to protect against price changes. This is a common form of "insurance" used by those who produce various commodities, such as wheat, cattle, coffee, and natural gas, as well as those who buy these commodities as inputs.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 3: The Curve Page: 10 of 24

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Like a constellation in the sky, we will find it convenient to outline an 'image' by connecting the individual points.
  • Connecting our 11 points lets us include other options. These are only 11 of many possibilities.
  • The curve we get is the production possibilities curve. It's also termed the production possibilities frontier for reasons that will become clear as we continue this lesson.
  • Note that the curve is flat at the top and steep at the bottom.

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PRICE LEVEL

The average of the prices of goods and services produced in the aggregate economy. In a theoretical sense, the price level is the price of aggregate production. In a practical sense, the price level is commonly measured by either of two price indexes, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or the GDP price deflator. The CPI is the price index widely publicized in the media and used by the general public. The GDP price deflator, in contrast, is less well-known, but is usually the price index of choice among economists. The inflation rate is calculated as the percentage change in the price level.

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The portion of aggregate output U.S. citizens pay in taxes (30%) is less than the other six leading industrialized nations -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, or Japan.
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