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PERFECT COMPETITION, TOTAL ANALYSIS: A perfectly competitive firm produces the profit-maximizing quantity of output that generates the greatest difference between total revenue and total cost. This total approach is one of three methods that used to determine the profit-maximizing quantity of output. The other two methods involve the direct analysis of economic profit or a comparison of marginal revenue and marginal cost.

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PRODUCTION FUNCTION: A mathematical relation between the production of a good or service and the inputs used. A production function is usually expressed in this general form: Q = f(L, K), where Q = quantity of production output, L = quantity of labor input, and K = quantity of capital input.

     See also | total product | input | output | short-run production | production | labor | capital | fixed input | variable input | marginal product curve | average product curve | total product and marginal product | total product and average product | law of diminishing marginal returns |


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OPEN MARKET OPERATIONS

The buying and selling of U.S. Treasury securities by the Federal Reserve System (the Fed) as a means of a controlling the money supply. An increase in the money supply is achieved when the Fed buys securities. A decrease in the money supply is achieved when the Fed sells securities. The Federal Open Market Committee is the specific component of the Federal Reserve System that is charged with open market operations. Open market operations are the most important of the three monetary policy tools that the Fed can use, in principle, to control the money supply. The other two are the discount rate and reserve requirements.

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