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BUSINESS CYCLE PHASES: The recurring, but irregular, pattern of business cycles can be divided into two basic phases -- expansion and contraction. An expansion is a period of increasing economic activity and a contraction is a period of declining economic activity. These two phases are marked by two transitions. The transition from expansion to contraction is termed a peak and the transition from contraction to expansion is termed a trough. The early portion of an expansion is often referred to as a recovery.

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  • Demand as the range of prices and quantities that buyers are willing and able to buy at different prices.
  • Why buyers must be both willing and able to buy a good to have a demand. Willingness is based on tastes and preferences. Ability is based on income.
  • Why demand includes a range of prices and quantities, not just a specific quantity.
  • Why demand is analyzed during a given time period.
  • Demand price as the maximum price that buyers would be willing and able to pay for a given quantity.
  • Quantity demanded as the maximum quantity buyers would be willing and able to buy at a specific price.


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MARGINAL FACTOR COST CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between marginal factor cost incurred by a firm for hiring an input and the quantity of input employed. A profit-maximizing firm hires the quantity of input found at the intersection of the marginal factor cost curve and marginal revenue product curve. The marginal factor cost curve for a firm with no market control is horizontal. The marginal factor cost curve for a firm with market control is positively sloped and lies above the average factor cost curve.

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