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B: The common notation for the "slope" term of an equation specified as Y = a + bX. Mathematically, the b-slope term indicates the change in the value of the Y variable resulting from a unit change in the value of the X variable. Theoretically, the b-slope is frequently used to indicate endogenous or dependent relation between the Y and X variables. For example, if Y represents consumption and X represents national income, b measures induced consumption expenditures.

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FDI: The abbreviation for Foreign Direct Investment, this is the acquisition of controlling interest in foreign firms and businesses from one country in another country. FDI can also take the form of constructing factories, structures and equipment (or any form of physical capital) in foreign soil. FDI does not include foreign investment into the stock markets (portfolio investment). 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. FDI on the other hand, is considered more durable and with larger economic (potential) benefits.

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ALLOCATION

The process of distributing resources for the production of goods and services, and of distributing goods and services for the satisfaction of wants and needs and human consumption. This allocation process is an essential part of an economy's effort to address the problem of scarcity.

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