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PORTFOLIO INVESTMENT: The acquisition of financial assets (which includes stock, bonds, deposits, and currencies) from one country in another country. In contrast to foreign direct investment, which is the acquisition of controlling interest in foreign firms and businesses, portfolio investment is foreign investment into the stock markets. Most economists consider foreign direct investment more useful than portfolio investment since this last one is generally regarded as temporal and can leave the foreign country at the first sign of trouble.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 3: The Curve Page: 9 of 24

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We can transform the schedule of production possibility numbers into a graph.
  • Each bundle can be represented by a point in two dimensional production possibilities space.
  • The two dimensions of the space are clock calibrators on the horizontal axis and jogging shoes on the vertical axis.
  • The horizontal axis is measured between 0 and 11 calibrators.
  • The vertical axis is measured between 0 and 500 jogging shoes.
  • The two axis are joined at the origin.
  • The plotted bundles form a semi-circle pattern.
  • If these were stars in the night sky we might name it the arc of production. But it's not, so we won't.

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SELF CORRECTION, RECESSIONARY GAP

The automatic process in which the aggregate market eliminates a recessionary gap created by a short-run equilibrium that is less than full employment through decreases in wages (and other resource prices). The self-correction mechanism is triggered by short-run resource market imbalances that are closed by long-run price flexibility. The self-correction process of the aggregate market also acts to close an inflationary gap with higher wages (and other resource prices).

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