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FEDERAL RESERVE BRANCH BANK: One of 25 Federal Reserve Banks that assists Federal Reserve District Banks in carrying Federal Reserve policies. Most Branch banks are located in the expansive western states. For example, 11 Branch banks are located in just 3 Districts, San Francisco, Kansas City, and Dallas.

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BIG BUSINESS: A small number of the largest businesses (usually corporations) in our economy that (1) produce a substantial share of total output, (2) control a bunch of our economy's resources, and (3) have a great deal of market control in their respective industries. A listing of the Fortune 500 companies provides an idea for those businesses that have achieved the status of "big." The second estate obtains most its members from the presidents, shareholders, boards of directors, and high-level managers of big business.

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The general ability to produce more goods or services using fewer resources. A person or country has an absolute advantage in production largely due to superior technology or greater technical efficiency. A related, but contrasting concept is comparative advantage. Both terms are perhaps most important to the study of international trade, but also provide insight into other exchanges.

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