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MASS PRODUCTION: The production of large quantities of virtually identical goods using large scale operations. Such production typically makes use of large factories that benefit from economies of scale. The "mass" aspect of mass production indicates: (1) that large quantities, or masses, of goods are produced and (2) that these goods are being purchased or consumed by the majority of the population, or large masses of people. Mass production is largely a consequence of the industrial revolution, which moved society from a rural-based population engaged in agrarian production to an urban-based population engaged in factory production.

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DEPRECIATION: A more or less permanent decrease in value or price. "More or less permanent" doesn't include temporary, short-term drops in price that are common in many markets. It's only those price declines that reflect a reduction in consumer satisfaction. While all sorts of stuff can depreciate in value, some of the more common ones are capital, real estate, corporate stock, and money. The depreciation of capital results from the rigors of production and affects our economy's ability to produce stuff. A sizable portion of our annual investment is thus needed to replace depreciated capital. The depreciation of a nation's money is seen as an increase in the exchange rate. This process is described in detail in the entry on the J curve.

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PRODUCT INNOVATION

An innovation of a new product, technology, or idea that generates a beneficial improvement in society and the economy; one that is fundamentally different from existing products, technologies, or ideas. The contrast is with a process innovation, which is an improvement in an existing product, technology, or idea.

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