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LONG-RUN EQUILIBRIUM CONDITIONS: The long-run equilibrium of perfectly competitive industry generates six specific equilibrium conditions, including (1) economic efficiency (P = MC), (2) profit maximization (MR = MC), (3) perfect competition (MR = AR = P), (4) breakeven output (P = AR = ATC), (5) minimum production cost (MC = ATC), and (6) minimum efficient scale (MC = ATC = LRAC = LRMC).

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SPECIALIZATION: The condition in which resources are primarily devoted to specific tasks. This is one of THE most important and most fundamental notions in the study of economics. Civilized human beings have long recognized that limited resources can be more effectively used in the production the goods and services that satisfy unlimited wants and needs if those resources specialize. For example, three ice cream parlor workers, can be, in total, more productive if one runs the cash register, another scoops the ice cream, and a third adds the hot fudge topping. By devoting their energies to learning how to do their respective tasks really, really well, these three workers can produce more hot fudge sundaes than if each performed all required tasks.

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FEDERAL RESERVE PYRAMID

A representation of the structure of the U.S. Federal Reserve System that is shaped like a pyramid with the Chairman at the top and thousands of commercial banks (and the non-bank public) at the bottom. By the numbers, the Federal Reserve pyramid includes 1 Chairman, 7 members of the Board of Governors, 37 Federal Reserve Banks, around 20,000 commercial banks, and 300 million people making up the non-bank public.

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