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LAW OF COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE: A basic principle that states every nation has a production activity that incurs a lower opportunity cost than that of another nation, which means that trade between the two nations can be beneficial to both if each specializes in the production of a good with lower relative opportunity cost. While this law is fundamental to the study of international trade, it also applies to other activities, especially the specialization and the division of labor.

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FEDERAL RESERVE DEPOSITS: Deposits that commercial banks keep with the Federal Reserve System. Federal Reserve deposits, together with vault cash are the bank reserves that banks use to back up customers' deposits and otherwise conduct daily transactions, such as processing checks and satisfying customers cash withdrawals. Federal Reserve deposits play three key roles in the banking system. One, they are used by the Federal Reserve system to process of clear checks. Two, they are loaned between commercial banks through the federal funds market. Three, they are used by the Federal Reserve System to control the money supply.

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ECONOMICS OF UNCERTAINTY

The study of the role that uncertainty plays in the economy and in the allocation of resources, with special attention paid to the analysis of risk. Key topics in this area of study and analysis are risk preferences (aversion, neutrality, and loving) and the provision of insurance. This study of the economics of uncertainty is part of the broader study of the economics of information.

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