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TOTAL REVENUE CURVE, MONOPOLISTIC COMPETITION: A curve that graphically represents the relation between total revenue received by a monopolistically competitive firm for selling its output and the quantity of output sold. It is used with the firm's total cost curve to determine economic profit. The marginal revenue curve, a key factor for determining the profit-maximizing level of a firm's output, is derived directly from the total revenue curve. The slope of this total revenue curve is marginal revenue. This curve is constructed to capture the relation between total revenue and the level of output, holding other variables constant.

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Changes in the interest rate can alter consumption and investment spending.

Changes in the investment and consumption spending that occur when changes in the price level cause changes in the interest rate is the interest-rate effect.

  • Investment and consumption expenditures are made with borrowed funds. The interest rate affects the cost of borrowing these funds.
  • The price level affects the interest rate:
    • A higher price level induces a higher interest rate, which raises the cost of borrowing and discourages investment and consumption.
    • A lower price level induces a lower interest rate, which reduces the cost of borrowing and encourages investment and consumption.

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PRINCIPAL-AGENT PROBLEM

A disconnection or conflict between the objectives and goals of the principal and those of the agent authorized to represent the principal. The principal-agent problem arises because an agent is given the responsibility and authority to take actions that affect both the principal, but can also affect the agent. This problem is common in corporate management, where the principal is shareholders and the agent is managers. It is also common in government, where the principal is the public and the agent is elected leaders.

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Okun's Law posits that the unemployment rate increases by 1% for every 2% gap between real GDP and full-employment real GDP.
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