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CONTRACTIONARY MONETARY POLICY: A form of stabilization policy consisting of a decrease in the amount of money in circulation (that is, the money supply). This policy is designed to avoid or correct the problems associated with a business-cycle expansion that gets out of hand and causes inflation.

     See also | stabilization policies | business cycle | monetary policy | expansion | inflation | money supply | open market operations | discount rate |


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TROUGH

The transition of a business-cycle contraction to a business-cycle expansion. The end of a contraction carries this descriptive term of trough, or the lowest level of economic activity reached in recent times. A trough is one of two turning points. The other, the transition from expansion to contraction, is a peak. Turning points are important because they represent the transition from bad to good or good to bad.

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