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AFC: The abbreviation for average fixed cost, which is fixed cost per unit of output, found by dividing total fixed cost by the quantity of output. Average fixed cost is one of three related cost averages. The other two are average variable cost and avarage total cost. Average fixed cost decreases with larger quantities of output. Because fixed cost is FIXED and does not change with the quantity of output, a given cost is spread more thinly per unit as quantity increases. A thousand dollars of fixed cost averages out to $10 per unit if only 100 units are produced. But if 10,000 units are produced, then the average shrinks to a mere 10 cents per unit.

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FOREIGN INVESTMENT: The purchase of financial and physical assets in one country by businesses and residents of another. Business that call one country their home, especially those from more advanced nations, have found it advantageous to construct factories, establish distribution centers, buy corporate stock, or otherwise invest in the assets of another country. Foreign investment indicates that an economy is relatively productive and worthy of investment by others.

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CHANGE IN AGGREGATE EXPENDITURES

The movement along an aggregate demand curve caused by a change in the price level. A change in aggregate expenditures is ONLY caused by a change in the price level. This is one of two changes related to aggregate demand. The other is a change in aggregate demand. A change in aggregate expenditures is comparable to a change in quantity demanded.

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In 1914, Ford paid workers who were age 22 or older $5 per day -- double the average wage offered by other car factories.
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