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GROWTH: The process of increasing the economy's ability to produce goods. Growth is also one of the three macroeconomic goals of an economy (full employment and stability are the other two). Growth is usually measured by increases in gross domestic product or per capita gross domestic product. The main sources of growth are increases in the quantity and quality of the resources. And the primary way of achieving these increases goes by the term investment.

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NONPRICE COMPETITION: A method of competition undertaken by firms in the same market (typically oligopoly firms) that involves advertising, brand-name promotion, support services, illegal activities, and everything but the price. Oligopoly firms are quite prone to nonprice competition due to the interdependence, especially such as that illustrated by the kinked-demand curve. Because oligopoly firms find difficulty competing through prices, they seek out alternative methods of competition, such as advertising or sabotage.

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CONTRACTION

A phase of the business cycle characterized by a general period of declining economic activity. A contraction is one of two basic business cycle phases. The other is expansion. The transition from contraction to expansion is termed a trough and the transition from expansion to contraction is termed a peak. The popular term for contraction, one that frequently shows up in the media, is recession.

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