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AFL: The abbreviation for the American Federation of Labor, which started as a collection of craft unions in 1886, this is now one half of the umbrella organization for labor unions in the United States (the AFL part of AFL-CIO). As a collection of craft unions, the AFL primarily represented skilled workers in particular occupations. However, it also contained unions representing unskilled industrial workers, which led to a rift among AFL members in 1938 and spawned the formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). This rift was closed in 1955, when both joined together to form the AFL-CIO, which is the primary advocate for workers and labor unions in the United States.

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SUBSTITUTE-IN-CONSUMPTION: One of two goods that can replace each other in consumption--that is, each provides the same basic satisfaction of wants and needs. A substitute good is one of two alternatives falling within the other prices determinant of demand. The other is complement good. An increase in the price of one substitute good causes an increase in demand for the other. A substitute good has a positive cross price elasticity.

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INVISIBLE HAND

The notion that buyers and sellers, consumers and producers, households and businesses, by pursuing their own self-interests do what is best for the economy automatically without any government intervention, as if guided by an invisible hand.

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