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IMF: The abbreviation for International Monetary Fund, which is an agency of the United Nations established in 1945 to monitor and stabilize foreign exchange markets. Close to 150 of the world's nations (which is just about all of them) belong to the IMF. The IMF was set up to keep countries from manipulating their exchange rates in such a way as to gain a competitive trading advantage over others. Their strategies of control have changed over the decades, but they currently use a managed float where exchange rates are allowed to fluctuate with changing market conditions, but only within certain ranges. The IMF also plays an active role in providing the "international" currency needed to participate in foreign trade through its system of Special Drawing Rights.

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BUSINESS TRANSFER PAYMENTS: A payment by the business sector to the household sector without any corresponding production or expectations of production. Business transfer payments are essentially gifts, or subsidies, made to the household sector from the business sector. This is one of several key differences between national income (the resource cost of production) and gross/net domestic product (the market value of production). For further discussion of this point, see gross domestic product and national income or net domestic product and national income. business transfer payments, abbreviated BTP, tend to be quite small, invariably less than 1% of gross domestic product.

     See also | business sector | household sector | production | subsidy | transfer payment | national income | gross domestic product | net domestic product | gross domestic product and national income | net domestic product and national income |


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LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL RETURNS

A principle of short-run production stating that as a firm combines more of a variable input with a fixed input, the marginal product of the variable input eventually declines. This is THE economic principle underlying the analysis of short-run production for a firm. It offers an explanation for the law of supply and the positive slope of the market supply curve.

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