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DEPENDENT VARIABLE: A variable that is identified within the workings of the model. Also termed an endogenous variable, a dependent variable is in essence the "output" of the model. It should be compared with an exogenous variable this is the "input" of the model.

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PRIVATE SECTOR: A short-cut term that combines the households and businesses in the economy into a single group. This term should be contrasted directly with public sector, which is a comparable short-cut term for government. The distinction between private sector and public sector reflects the two basic methods of answering the three questions of allocation--markets and government. Markets make use of private ownership and control of resources (hence the term "private" sector) for voluntary allocation decisions.

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PROFIT CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between the economic profit earned by a firm and the quantity of output sold. This curve is constructed to capture the relation between profit and the level of output, holding other variables, especially those affecting the total revenue and total cost curves, constant. The profit curve is commonly used to illustrate the profit-maximizing quantity of output produced by a firm.

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