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ASSUMPTIONS, KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS: The macroeconomic study of Keynesian economics relies on three key assumptions--rigid prices, effective demand, and savings-investment determinants. First, rigid or inflexible prices prevent some markets from achieving equilibrium in the short run. Second, effective demand means that consumption expenditures are based on actual income, not full employment or equilibrium income. Lastly, important savings and investment determinants include income, expectations, and other influences beyond the interest rate. These three assumptions imply that the economy can achieve a short-run equilibrium at less than full-employment production.

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DECREASING RETURNS TO SCALE: A given proportionate increase in all resources in the long run results in a proportionately smaller increase in production. Decreasing returns to scale exists if a firm increases ALL resources -- labor, capital, and other inputs -- by 10%, and output increases by less than 10%. You might want to compare increasing returns to scale and constant returns to scale.

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BANKING

An industry containing depository institutions that provide financial intermediary services and safekeeping of checkable deposits that make up an important portion of the economy's money supply. These depository institutions--including traditional commercial banks, credit unions, savings and loan associations, and mutual savings banks--pursue financial intermediation and deposit safekeeping through fractional-reserve banking. Banking is regulated by the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Comptroller of the Currency, among a host of other federal and state regulators.

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