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DOMINANT FIRM: A term employed in industrial organization to describe a firm that is a price maker and faces little competition from smaller price taking firms, called fringe firms. A firm can become a dominant firm because it has lower costs than fringe firms, because they have a superior differentiated product in the market or because a group of firms collectively act as a single firm. A dominant firm usually has a large market share.

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Expenditures by the household, business, government and foreign sector change over time, causing instability in the economy.
  • Economic instability found in complex economies, business cycles, can be traced to shifts of the aggregate demand curve.
  • The ceteris paribus determinants of the aggregate demand curve are those things that disrupt equilibrium, and lead to macroeconomic instability.
Aggregate demand determinants are things, other than the price level, that affect aggregate demand.

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CHECK CLEARING

The process in which reserves or funds are transferred among banks to settle the accounts of checks written on one account and deposited into another. Check clearing is the heart and sole of daily banking activity and the final step in the use of checkable deposits as the medium of exchange for conducting transactions in the economy. Check clearing is facilitated by central clearinghouses, including the Federal Reserve System and a number of private organizations. The check clearing process is also a key component of the money creation process.

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