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AD VALOREM TARIFF: A tax on imports that is specified as a percentage of the value of the good or service being taxed. This is one form of trade barrier that's intended to restrict imports into a country. Unlike nontariff barriers and quotas, which increase prices and thus revenue received by domestic producers, an 'ad valorem tariff' generates revenue for the government. For example: a 15 percent ad valorem tariff on a TV set worth $100 would pay a tariff of $15. One advantage of an ad valorem tariff is that it keeps up with changes in prices (mostly inflation).

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PROSPERITY: A period of sustained growth that often lasts for a decade or two. A prosperity usually includes several separate business cycles, each with relative mild recessions and very vigorous, healthy expansions. The United States enjoyed prosperity from the late-1940s into the mid-1960s, a period that many look fondly on as our "golden age." The prosperity of this period, as is often the case, was the direct aftermath of a severe depression. In particular, the restructuring needed to achieve a period of extended prosperity was a hallmark of the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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MONETARY POLICY TARGETS

Values of specific economic variables that the monetary authority seeks achieve with monetary policy. The three most noted monetary policy targets are interest rates, monetary aggregates, and exchange rates. These targets are usually intermediate targets that can be quickly achieved and easily measured, but then move the economy toward the ultimate macroeconomic goals of full employment, stability, and economic growth.

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