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MEDIATION: Intervention by an impartial third party to settle disputes between two others. The actions of this third party--the mediator--are not legally binding. Mediators are frequently used in collective bargaining negotiations when unions and their employers have reached an impasse. Mediators help both sides work out a satisfactory agreement. But neither side is legally compelled to follow the mediator's advice.

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MINIMUM EFFICIENT SCALE: The quantity of production that places a firm at the lowest point on its long-run average cost curve. The minimum efficient scale is highly prized by economists because it achieves production of a good at the lowest possible opportunity cost. In other words, it's not possible to produced a good any cheaper than at the minimum efficient scale. At this quantity the production involves foregoing the least amount of other goods.

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AGGREGATE SUPPLY

The total (or aggregate) real production of final goods and services available in the domestic economy at a range of price levels, during a given time period. Aggregate supply, usually abbreviated AS, is two different relations between price level and real production--long run and short run. With long-run aggregate supply, prices and wages are flexible and all markets are in equilibrium. With short-run aggregate supply some prices and wage are NOT flexible and some markets are NOT in equilibrium. This is one half of the AS-AD (aggregate market) analysis. The other half is aggregate demand.

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