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WORLD BANK: (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) An agency of the United Nations that was established in 1945 to promote the economic development of the poorer nations in the world. They pursue this goal by providing low-interest loans to less development countries and offering technical assistance on the best ways to use these loans. Funds for the loans are obtained by the World Bank by selling bonds on the world's financial markets. It's long-run economic development orientation is usually coordinated with the shorter-run efforts of its sister U. N. agency, the International Monetary Fund.

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DEPRESSION: An extended period--a decade or so--of restructuring and institutional change in an economy that's often marked by declining or stagnant growth. During this period, unemployment tends to be higher and inflation lower than a regular, run-of-the-mill recession. Moreover, a depression usually lasts in the range of ten years, often encompassing two or three separate shorter-run business cycles. The most noted depression in the U. S. economy was the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

The head of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and thus the person who is effectively in charge of monetary policy for the United States. The Chairman, one of the 7 members of the Board of Governors, serves as Chairman for a 4-year term, and also is Chairman of the powerful Federal Open Market Committee--the Federal Reserve Committee that sets the course of monetary policy. Being positioned at the top of the central banking authority of the United States, the Chairman is one of the most powerful, if not THE most powerful, individuals in the economy.

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The portion of aggregate output U.S. citizens pay in taxes (30%) is less than the other six leading industrialized nations -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, or Japan.
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