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WEIGHT GAINING: An activity in which the transportation cost of the output is greater than the transportation cost of the inputs. Using the term weight to mean transportation cost, an activity is said to gain weight if the cost of moving the output to the market is greater than the cost of getting the inputs to the factory. A weight-gaining activity has a greater attraction to, and tends to locate near, the market for the output.

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SUBSTITUTE-IN-CONSUMPTION: One of two goods that can replace each other in consumption--that is, each provides the same basic satisfaction of wants and needs. A substitute good is one of two alternatives falling within the other prices determinant of demand. The other is complement good. An increase in the price of one substitute good causes an increase in demand for the other. A substitute good has a positive cross price elasticity.

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NATURAL UNEMPLOYMENT

The combination of frictional and structural unemployment that persists in an efficient, expanding economy when labor and resource markets are in equilibrium. Natural unemployment exists when the economy is at full employment, which for practical purposes is defined as the condition in which the quantity of resources demanded is equal to the quantity of resources supplied. Most important for policy purposes, natural employment exists with stable prices, that is, no inflation.

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