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GROSS PRIVATE DOMESTIC INVESTMENT: Expenditures on capital goods to be used for productive activities in the domestic economy that are undertaken by the business sector during a given time period. This is the official item in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis measuring capital investment expenditures. Gross private domestic investment tends to be the least stable of the four expenditures, averaging between 12-18% of gross domestic product.

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EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK: The central bank for the European Union and Economic and Monetary Union this is charged with monitoring monetary policy and introducing euros into circulation (beginning in 2002). The European Central Bank has a comparable, but perhaps somewhat less powerful, role as the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in the United States. It is took over for the European Monetary Institute in 1998 and is the executive body of the European System of Central Banks.

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MARGINAL UTILITY AND DEMAND

An explanation of the law of demand and the negatively-sloped demand curve based on utility analysis and the law of diminishing marginal utility. The law of diminishing marginal utility states that marginal utility declines as consumption increases. Because demand price depends on the marginal utility obtained from a good, price also declines as consumption increases, meaning price and quantity demanded are inversely related, which is the law of demand.

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