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LOAN LOSS RESERVES: A special account set aside by banks acting as a buffer between deposits and net worth that's used in case a loan is not repaid. Without this reserve, an unpaid loan on the asset side of a bank's balance sheet would require an adjustment of deposits or net worth on the liability side. The loan loss reserve is used for this adjustment.

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MERIT GOOD: A good that society, usually government, deems is undervalued by consumers in normal market exchanges. As such, governments typically promote the consumption of merit goods through policies such as price subsidies or direct government provision. Merit goods are often quasi-public goods or have externality by-products. Examples include education and health care. The counter type of good is a demerit good.

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MARGINAL COST AND MARGINAL PRODUCT

The U-shape of the marginal cost curve is closely related to the hump-shape of the marginal product curve. The increasing portion of the marginal product curve corresponds with the decreasing portion of the marginal cost curve. The decreasing portion of the marginal product curve corresponds with the increasing portion of the marginal cost curve. The peak of the marginal product curve corresponds with the minimum of the marginal cost curve.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time calling an endless list of 800 numbers seeking to buy either a package of blank rewritable CDs or yellow cotton balls. Be on the lookout for malfunctioning pocket calculators.
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