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FEDERAL RESERVE DISTRICT BANK: One of 12 Federal Reserve Banks, each in charge of banking activity within its Federal Reserve District. The 12 Districts are centered in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Mineapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco. Presidents from 5 of these 12 Banks serve on the powerful Federal Open Market Committee that conducts monetary policy.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 4: Goals Page: 12 of 18

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Pursuing one goal is usually at the expense of another, we have tradeoffs.

Three reasons for tradeoffs:

  • First, resources used to pursue one goal cannot be used to pursue another.
  • Second, actions that move us toward one goal can move us away from another.
  • Third, pursuing a goal may be good for some, but bad for others.
A thought:
  • Economists are inclined to stress efficiency more than others--but efficiency is only one of several goals.

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MARGINAL FACTOR COST, PERFECT COMPETITION

The change in total factor cost resulting from a change in the quantity of factor input employed by a perfectly competitive firm. Marginal factor cost, abbreviated MFC, indicates how total factor cost changes with the employment of one more input. It is found by dividing the change in total factor cost by the change in the quantity of input used. Marginal factor cost is compared with marginal revenue product to identify the profit-maximizing quantity of input to hire.

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