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KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY: The notion that economic activity is oriented on the production and consumption of knowledge (or information), which is fundamentally different from economic activity oriented on the production and consumption of manufacturing or agricultural goods. The key to the knowledge economy is the widespread use of computers, the Internet, and other information-based technology. Differences in the knowledge economy result for the public goods nature of knowledge and information (that is, use by one does not exclude use by another).

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HARD PEG: Establishing a fixed exchange rate between one national currency (usually that of a small country) and another national currency (usually that of an industrial power). One country, in other words, "pegs" the value of its currency to the value of another currency. This is commonly done by countries with a history of monetary instability is used as a means of restoring and maintaining order. This U.S. dollar is frequently used for a hard peg by other smaller nations. The result of a hard peg is to eliminate control by the pegging nation and relying on the actions of the targeting nation.

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INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

A branch of the Department of Treasury that is responsible for collecting federal income taxes and administering the Internal Revenue Code. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the office of the U.S. government that collects the tax revenue needed to purchase goods, pay administrative expenses, and finance assorted government functions. The IRS was established during the Civil War in 1862, but underwent a major overhaul in 1913 when the 16th amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave it the power to collect income taxes.

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