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SMALL BUSINESS: The businesses in our economy that individually produce very little output, have little or no market control, but collectively produce about half of our total production. Most small business owners may aspire to the ranks of the second estate, but they're card-carrying members of the third.

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RATIONAL BEHAVIOR: The notion that people make decisions based on the desire to obtain the greatest amount of satisfaction. Rational behavior essential means that people prefer more to less. The presumption of rational behavior underlies most economic analyses, especially those applied to consumer demand theory.

     See also | economic thinking | economic analysis | consumer demand theory | utility | utility maximization | economics | scarcity | satisfaction | second rule of subjectivity | normative economics | assumption | unlimited wants and needs |


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AUTOMATIC STABILIZERS

Taxes and transfer payments that depend on the level of aggregate production and income such that they automatically dampen business-cycle instability without the need for discretionary policy action. Automatic stabilizers are a form of nondiscretionary fiscal policy that do not require explicit action by the government sector to address the ups and downs of the business cycle and the problems of unemployment and inflation.

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The first "Black Friday" on record, a friday marked by a major financial catastrophe, occurred on September 24, 1869 -- A FRIDAY -- when an attempted cornering of the gold market induced a financial crises and economy-wide depression.
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