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AP: The abbreviation for average product, which is the quantity of total output produced per unit of a variable input, holding all other inputs fixed. It is found by dividing total product by the quantity of the variable input. Average product, abbreviated AP also goes by the alias of average physical product (APP), so don't be confused by the extra term (physical).

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A pure market economy and a pure command economy are two theoretical extremes in the allocation of resources.
  • Real world economies form a continuum bounded by these two extremes. They are mixed economies:
  • A mixed economy is one that relies on both markets and government to allocate resources.
  • Market-oriented economies, also called capitalism, are mixed economies that lean heavily to the market end.
  • Socialism and communism are mixed economies that lean more (a lot more) toward government control.

The mixed U.S. economy leans heavily to the market end of the market-government continuum.

Three indicators of government involvement:
  • Taxes: Government controls about 1/3 of the revenue generated in the economy each year.
  • Spending: Government buys 20% of the goods produced each year.
  • Regulations: Government influences many allocation decisions through laws, rules, and other restrictions.

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CAPITAL CONSUMPTION ADJUSTMENT

The official item in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economics Analysis that measures the macroeconomy's capital depreciation during a given time period, usually one year. The capital consumption adjustment (CCA), which is also commonly termed the capital consumption allowance (also conveniently abbreviated CCA), is subtracted from gross domestic product (GDP) to calculate net domestic product (NDP). The CCA is also subtracted from gross private domestic investment to calculate net private domestic investment.

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