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TRANS-SHIPMENT POINT: A location that serves as a change from one transportation mode to another, such as from boat to train or truck to plane. Location theory indicates that trans-shipment points serve as a point of attraction for economic activity by virtue of saving terminal (load and unloading) cost. This indicates why harbors, interstate highway exits, railroad depots, and similar off-one-mode-onto-another-mode have historical emerged as economic centers.

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PPI: The abbreviation for Producer Price Index, which is an index of the prices domestic producers receive from selling their output. THE Producer Price Index is actually one of several producer price indexes compiled and published monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). THE Producer Price Index reported regularly in the media is actually the Producer Price Index for All Commodities. Other members in the family of producer price indexes include an array of broad, composite indexes (including finished consumer goods, capital goods, and crude materials); indexes that track the prices received by producers in virtually every major production industry in the country (including lumber, iron and steel, household furniture, and passenger cars); and price indexes for thousands of specific products. In total, the producer price index family includes well over 10,000 separate indexes.

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MARGINAL PRODUCT

The change in the quantity of total product resulting from a unit change in a variable input, keeping all other inputs unchanged. Marginal product, usually abbreviated MP, is found by dividing the change in total product by the change in the variable input. Marginal product, which occasionally goes by the alias marginal physical product (MPP), is one of two measures derived from total product. The other is average product.

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