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QUARTER: The common term for a coin representing 25 cents or one-fourth of a dollar. Also a standard 3-month period, one-forth of a year, used for reporting economic and financial data. Gross Domestic Product and related measures are noted economic data released quarterly. Many businesses also provide quarterly financial reports. Another standard reporting period is annual.

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MARKET DEMAND: The total demand of every individual willing and able to buy a good. Market demand is found by combining the individual demands of everyone willing and able to buy a particular good. The market demand curve is found by horizontally adding all individual demand curves, that is, sum up the quantities demanded by all buyers at each and every price. Market demand operates according to the law of demand, as illustrated by a downward-sloping market demand curve. For higher prices the quantity demanded by all buyers in the market combined is less than the quantity demanded for lower prices.

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RENT SEEKING

The inclination of everyone who is alive and breathing to get as much extra income, wealth, profit, or satisfaction as they can. Rent, while technically considered the factor payment for the use of land resources, is also commonly used as a synonym for economic profit, for the acquisition of benefits above opportunity cost. Rent seeking is the entirely rational process of obtain as much "extra" as possible. In effect, rent seeking is nothing more than utility maximization. Efficiency problems can arise, however, when rent seeking is enhanced and enabled through market control, political influence, or actions of special interest groups.

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