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BUSINESS INVENTORIES: Stocks of finished products, intermediate goods, raw materials, and other inputs that businesses have on hand. One big reason to keep inventories is to maintain a continuous stream of production by avoiding any supply shortages. Another big reason is to avoid the loss of sales because finished products are unavailable when a customer is ready, willing, and able to buy.

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ECONOMIC GOALS: The five basic conditions of the mixed economy that are generally desired by society. We typically divide these five into macro goals (full employment, stability and economic growth) and micro goals (efficiency and equity).

     See also | mixed economy | macro goals | full employment | stability | economic growth | micro goals | efficiency | equity | inflation | unemployment | income distribution | government | three questions of allocation | normative economics |

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A shock to the long-run aggregate market caused by an increase in aggregate supply, resulting in and illustrated by a rightward shift of the long-run aggregate supply curve. An increase in aggregate supply in the long-run aggregate market results in a decrease in the price level and an increase in real production. The level of real production resulting from the shock is a greater level of full-employment real production.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time driving to a factory outlet hoping to buy either a large stuffed brown and white teddy bear or a replacement washer for your kitchen faucet. Be on the lookout for fairy dust that tastes like salt.
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Helping spur the U.S. industrial revolution, Thomas Edison patented nearly 1300 inventions, 300 of which came out of his Menlo Park "invention factory" during a four-year period.
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