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YELLOW-DOG CONTRACT: An agreement signed by workers before they are hired, stipulating that they would not join a union after they are hired. This contract was commonly used by firms in the late 1800s and early 1900s to limit labor union membership and thus to prevent unions from exerting control over the labor market. Yellow-dog contracts were outlawed by the Norris-LaGuardia Act in 1932.

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MOST-FAVORED NATION: A condition, usually as part of a trade agreement among nations (such as General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), that ensures one country will extend its least restrictive trade barriers to another country. Suppose, for example, the good old U. S. of A. makes the Republic of Northwest Queoldiola a most-favored nation. If the United States then eliminates tariffs on sundials imported from Brazil, it must also eliminate tariffs on imported Queoldiolan sundials. Because countries have generally followed this most-favored nation system for several decades, international bickering over trade barriers has been significantly reduced. See foreign trade.

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LONG-RUN AVERAGE COST

The per unit cost of producing a good or service in the long run when all inputs under the control of the firm are variable. In other words, long-run total cost divided by the quantity of output produced. Long-run average cost is guided by returns to scale.

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