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EMBARGO: In general, any sort of restriction on foreign trade, in practice, the restriction of exports destined for sale in another country. Unlike tariffs, import quotas, and other nontariff barriers that protect domestic producers from competition, embargoes are intended to punish the export destination country. One of the more famous embargoes in recent decades was the oil embargo that several middle-eastern countries imposed on the United States in the 1970s. This caused higher gasoline prices in the United States, created all sorts of havoc for our economy, and pretty much achieved the punishment objective. The United States is also prone to throw up an embargo here or there when another country acts against our political wishes.

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TOTAL FIXED COST CURVE:

A curve that graphically represents the relation between total fixed cost incurred by a firm in the short-run product of a good or service and the quantity produced. This curve is constructed to capture the relation between total fixed cost and the level of output, holding other variables, like technology and resource prices, constant. Because total fixed cost are, in fact, fixed, the total fixed cost curve is, in fact, a horizontal line. The total fixed cost curve is one of three total cost curves, the other two are total cost curve and total variable cost curve.
Total Fixed Cost Curve
Total Fixed Cost Curve
The total fixed cost curve is the most straightforward of the three total curves (the other two being total cost curve and total variable cost curve). The reason for such straightforwardness is that total fixed cost is fixed. It is the same at all output levels.

The total fixed cost curve can be derived in two ways. One is to plot a schedule of numbers relating output quantity and total fixed cost. The other is to vertically subtract the total variable cost curve from the total cost curve. The total fixed cost curve can be used to derive average fixed cost.

Total fixed cost is visually illustrated by the graph to the right, which is the total fixed cost curve for the short-run production of Wacky Willy Stuffed Amigos (those cute and cuddly armadillos and tarantulas). The quantity of Stuffed Amigos production, measured on the horizontal axis, ranges from 0 to 10 and the total fixed cost incurred in the production of Stuffed Amigos, measured on the vertical axis, is $3 at each quantity of production.

Because total fixed cost is fixed, the total fixed cost curve is a horizontal line that intersects the vertical axis at $3. If production is 0 Stuffed Amigos, total fixed cost is $3. If Stuffed Amigo production is 10, total fixed cost is $3. If production of Stuffed Amigos is boosted to a billion, then total fixed cost is $3.

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