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AGGLOMERATION ECONOMIES: A reduction in production cost the results when related firms locate near one another. Firms can be related as competitors in the same industry, by using the same inputs, or through providing output to the same demographic group. The fashion industry, for example, experiences agglomeration economies because they can share specialized inputs (photographers, models) that would be too expensive to employ full time. Retail stores have agglomeration economies when located in shopping malls because they have access to a large group of potential customers with lower advertising cost. Agglomeration economies is given as one of the primary reasons for the emergence of urban areas.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 2: The Schedule Page: 8 of 24

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  • How a production possibilities schedule is set up to display bundles of two different goods.
  • How to work with and interpret a simple production possibilities schedule.
  • How and why the production tradeoff between two goods reflects opportunity cost.
  • The law of increasing opportunity cost and how it is indicated by increasing negative opportunity cost numbers in the production possibilities schedule.


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OPEN MARKET OPERATIONS

The buying and selling of U.S. Treasury securities by the Federal Reserve System (the Fed) as a means of a controlling the money supply. An increase in the money supply is achieved when the Fed buys securities. A decrease in the money supply is achieved when the Fed sells securities. The Federal Open Market Committee is the specific component of the Federal Reserve System that is charged with open market operations. Open market operations are the most important of the three monetary policy tools that the Fed can use, in principle, to control the money supply. The other two are the discount rate and reserve requirements.

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