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WEALTH OF NATIONS, THE: Officially titled "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations", this book written by Adam Smith and published in 1776, is considered to be the foundation for the modern study of economics. The Wealth of Nations was the first to combine assorted economic discourse and analyses into a single book. One of its most important themes is the efficiency of free trade and market exchanges unrestricted by government that leads to macroeconomic full employment and microeconomic efficiency. The Wealth of Nations is one of the most famous books worldwide. It continues to provide economic insight over two hundred years after its initial appearance.

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MARKET-ORIENTED ECONOMY: A mixed economy that relies heavily on markets to answer the three basic questions of allocation, but with a modest amount of government involvement. While it is commonly termed capitalism, market-oriented economy is much more descriptive of how the economy is structure.

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LONG-RUN INDUSTRY SUPPLY CURVE

The relation between market price and the quantity supplied by all firms in a perfectly competitive industry after the industry has completed its long-run adjustment. The long-run industry supply curve effectively traces out a series of equilibrium prices and quantities that reflect long-run adjustments of a perfectly competitive industry to demand shocks. This long-run adjustment can take one of three paths, indicating an increasing-cost industry, a decreasing-cost industry, and a constant-cost industry.

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