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PRICE CEILING: A legally established maximum price. The government is occasionally inclined to keep the price of one good or another from rising too high. Examples include apartments, gasoline, and natural gas. While the goal is invariably a noble one--like keeping stuff affordable for poor people--a price ceiling often does more harm than good. First, it usually creates a shortage, meaning that many of the buyers who being protected against high prices, can't even buy the good. Second, as a consequence of this shortage, a price ceiling is likely to generate a black market where the good is sold illegally above the price ceiling.

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POSITIVE RELATION: A relation, either a principle or hypothesis, in which an increase one variable is associated with an increase in the other variable. A positive, or direct, relation is most commonly illustrated by an upward sloping line. It can also be represented by an equation in which the slope value is positive.

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AVERAGE FACTOR COST

Total factor cost per unit of factor input employed by a firm in the production of output, found by dividing total factor cost by the quantity of factor input. Average factor cost, abbreviated AFC, is generally equal to the factor price. However, using the longer term average factor cost makes it easier to see the connection to related terms, including total factor cost and marginal factor cost.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time strolling through a department store hoping to buy either a birthday gift for your mother or a weathervane with a horse on top. Be on the lookout for door-to-door salesmen.
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