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ZERO-SUM GAME: A situation in which a fixed amount is divided up among the winners and losers. In a zero-sum game the wins equal the losses. Many stock market, or financial market, exchanges are zero-sum. One person buys low and sells high, while another buys high and sells low. The wealth in such transactions are merely transferred from one person to another. "Productive" market transactions, in contrast, are not zero-sum. The act of producing goods and services from resources that are consumed to satisfy wants and needs results in a net gain to society.

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CAN: The Andean Community (CAN) is a subregional organization endowed with an international legal status, which is made up of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The main objectives of the Andean Community are to promote the balanced and harmonious development of the member countries under equitable conditions, to boost their growth through integration and economic and social cooperation and to enhance participation in the regional integration process with a view to the progressive formation of a Latin American common market. The Andean Community started operating on August 1, 1997 with a General Secretariat, whose headquarters are in Lima (Peru), as its executive body.

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SIMPLE TAX MULTIPLIER

A measure of the change in aggregate production caused by changes in a government taxes that shocks the macroeconomy, when consumption is the ONLY induced expenditure. The simple tax multiplier is the negative marginal propensity to consume times the inverse of one minus the marginal propensity to consume. A related multiplier is the simple expenditures multiplier, which measures the change in aggregate production caused by changes in an autonomous expenditure.

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