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RESOURCE PRICES: One of the five supply determinants assumed constant when a supply curve is constructed, and that shift the supply curve when they change. The other four are technology, other prices, sellers' expectations, and number of sellers. Resource prices, the prices paid to use the factors of production (labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship) affect production cost and thus producers' ability to sell goods. In general, if sellers face higher resource prices, then they have less ABILITY to sell goods.

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FRACTIONAL-RESERVE BANKING: A system in which banks keep less than 100 percent of their deposits in the form of bank reserves and use the rest for interest-paying loans. Banks in the good old U. S. of A., as well as those in most other modern countries, practice this system of fractional-reserve banking.

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SELLERS' MARKET

A disequilibrium condition in a competitive market that has a shortage or excess demand. Because the quantity demanded is greater than the quantity supplied, sellers have the "upper hand" when negotiating. A sellers' market also goes by the more common term of shortage. The alternative to a sellers' market is a buyers' market, which has a surplus or excess supply.

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