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COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE: The ability to produced one good at a relatively lower opportunity cost than other goods. While pointy-headed economists developed this idea for nations, it's extremely important for people. A comparative advantage means that no matter how good (or bad) you are at producing stuff, there's always something that you're best (or least worst) at doing. Moreover, because you can produce this one thing by giving up less than what others give up, you can sell it or trade it to them. This idea of comparative advantage means that people and nations can benefit by specialization and exchange. You do what you do best, then trade to someone else for what they do best. Both sides in this trade get more and are thus better off after than before.

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CENTRAL BANK: The banking authority of a nation that's in charge of ensuring a sound money supply and conducting the country's monetary policy. It's usually authorized by, and works closely with, the government to achieve full employment, low inflation rates , economic growth, and all of the other goals that make people happy, healthy, and wise. Unlike many other nations, which have a single central bank, the good old U. S. of A. actually has a de-central bank.

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SELF CORRECTION, RECESSIONARY GAP

The automatic process in which the aggregate market eliminates a recessionary gap created by a short-run equilibrium that is less than full employment through decreases in wages (and other resource prices). The self-correction mechanism is triggered by short-run resource market imbalances that are closed by long-run price flexibility. The self-correction process of the aggregate market also acts to close an inflationary gap with higher wages (and other resource prices).

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