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PLANT: The physical capital (building and equipment) at a particular location used for the production of goods and services. While the term plant is occasional used synonymously with the terms firm or business, when economists get down to specifics, which they are prone to do, the term plant is used ONLY for a specific production facility. As such, it best used synonymously with the term factory.

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BANK: A financial organization that accepts deposits, makes loans, and directly controls a significant portion of the nation's money supply. In the olden days of the economy (before 1980), a bank was easy to identify because it had the word "bank" in it's name -- such as "First National Bank", "Second National Bank", etc. However, after several laws were passed in the early 1980s to reform and deregulate the banking industry, the term bank has come to functionally include other financial institutions that previously went by the titles of "Savings and Loan," "Credit Union," and "Mutual Savings Banks." These institutions are operationally considered banks because they all perform "banking" functions -- especially accepting checking account deposits and making loans.

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MARKET STRUCTURES

The manner in which markets or industries are organized, based largely on the number of participants in the market or industry and the extent of market control of each participant. Perfect competition represents the benchmark market structure that contains a large number of participants on both sides of the market, and no market control by any firm. Three market structure models with varying degrees of market control on the supply side of the market are: monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly. Three lesser known market structures with varying degrees of market control on the demand side of the market are: monopsony, oligopsony, and monopsonistic competition.

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