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U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT: A cabinet level part of the U.S. Federal government responsible for assorted financial matters. While it was once heavily involved in what could be termed monetary policy, before the creation of the Federal Reserve System, it's primary money role in modern times is relegated to authorizing the minting of metal coins. Among its many varied and important functions are issuing U.S. Treasury securities to finance the federal deficit and maintaining the integrity of paper currency by tracking counterfeiters.

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BALANCED BUDGET: An equality between the revenues and expenditures that constitute a budget. The notion of a budget is most important for governments, where revenues are taxes and expenditures are assorted public goods, administrative expenses, etc. While the federal government has been notorious for its failure to maintain a balanced budget, except for periods of unexpected prosperity, many state and local governments are very good at this sort of thing.

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PERFECT COMPETITION, LONG-RUN EQUILIBRIUM CONDITIONS

The long-run equilibrium of a perfectly competitive industry generates six specific equilibrium conditions, including: (1) economic efficiency (P = MC), (2) profit maximization (MR = MC), (3) perfect competition (MR = AR = P), (4) breakeven output (P = AR = ATC), (5) minimum production cost (MC = ATC), and (6) minimum efficient scale (MC = ATC = LRAC = LRMC).

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