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LONG-RUN PRODUCTION: An analysis of the production decision made by a firm in the long run. The central feature of this long-run analysis is returns to scale, which results in the long run even though all inputs are variable. Returns to scale are reflected in the long-run average cost curve as either economies to scale or diseconomies to scale.

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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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LOGROLLING

The trading of votes to ensure a favorable outcome for two or more separate decisions. Logrolling occurs when each of two people agree to vote for the other's project to ensure that both are passed. A votes for B and B votes for A. Logrolling is commonly used when neither decision is able to obtain the necessary majority of the votes needed for passage on their own accord. Explicit logrolling is when each of two voters agree to cast separate votes for two separate programs. Implicit logrolling is when two separate programs or policies are combined into a single package, which is then subject to a single vote. Logrolling can generate either an efficient or an inefficient allocation of resources, meaning that efficiency is irrelevant to the logrolling process.

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