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LOCATION THEORY: A theoretical framework for studying the location decisions made of firms and households based on transportation cost and spatial differences in the accessibility of inputs and markets for outputs. Location theory, developed with noted contributions from August Losch, Alfred Weber, Johann von Thunen, Walter Christaller, and Walter Isard, explicitly considers the cost of transportation in the production and consumption choices made by firms and households. Location theory has been used to explain urban density, labor migration, and land use.

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MARKET STRUCTURE: The manner in which a market is organized, based largely on the number of firms in the industry. The four basic market structure models are: perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly. The primary difference between each is the number of firms on the supply side of a market. Both perfect competition and monopolistic competition have a large number of relatively small firms selling output. Oligopoly has a small number of relatively large firms. And monopoly has a single firm.

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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

The head of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and thus the person who is effectively in charge of monetary policy for the United States. The Chairman, one of the 7 members of the Board of Governors, serves as Chairman for a 4-year term, and also is Chairman of the powerful Federal Open Market Committee--the Federal Reserve Committee that sets the course of monetary policy. Being positioned at the top of the central banking authority of the United States, the Chairman is one of the most powerful, if not THE most powerful, individuals in the economy.

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