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M: The standard abbreviation for imports produced by the domestic economy and purchased by the foreign sector, especially when used in the study of macroeconomics. This abbreviation is most often seen in the aggregate expenditure equation, AE = C + I + G + (X - M), where C, I, G, and (X - M) represent expenditures by the four macroeconomic sectors, household, business, government, and foreign. The United States, for example, buys a lot of the stuff produced within the boundaries of other countries, including bananas, coffee, cars, chocolate, computers, and, well, a lot of other products. Imports, together with exports, are the essence of foreign trade--goods and services that are traded among the citizens of different nations. Imports and exports are frequently combined into a single term, net exports (exports minus imports).

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CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is a subregional organization that was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas signed in 1973 by Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago. Currently, the CARICOM has 15 country members all from the Caribbean region and several non-Caribbean countries that serve as external observers. The Community has several objectives like achieving improved standards of living and work, expansion of trade and economic relations with third States, accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development and convergence, etc.

     See also | North American Free Trade Agreement | Andean Community | Association of Southeast Asian Nations | Organization of American States |


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LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL RETURNS

A principle of short-run production stating that as a firm combines more of a variable input with a fixed input, the marginal product of the variable input eventually declines. This is THE economic principle underlying the analysis of short-run production for a firm. It offers an explanation for the law of supply and the positive slope of the market supply curve.

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