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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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Lesson 16: Perfect Competition | Unit 4: Long-Run Equilibrium Page: 23 of 28

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  • What is the industry's long-run supply curve?

  • Three types of industries and long-run supply curves:

    • Increasing-cost industry: Should input prices rise with greater industry-wide production, then the average cost of production rises.

    • Decreasing-cost industry: Should input prices fall with greater industry-wide production, then the average cost of production falls.

    • Constant-cost industry: Should input prices remain unchanged with greater industry-wide production, then the average cost of production are also constant.

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AVERAGE FIXED COST

Total fixed cost per unit of output, found by dividing total fixed cost by the quantity of output. When compared with price (per unit revenue), average fixed cost (AFC) indicates whether or not a profit-maximizing firm should shutdown production in the short run. Average fixed cost is one of three average cost concepts important to short-run production analysis. The other two are average total cost and average variable cost. A related concept is marginal cost.

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It's estimated that the U.S. economy has about $20 million of counterfeit currency in circulation, less than 0.001 perecent of the total legal currency.
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