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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: An independent federal agency run by a 5-member commission that's charged by Congress with preventing unfair and deceptive business activities and other various monopoly practices that tend to inhibit competition. The FTC was set up in 1914 to help the Justice Department enforce a growing number of antitrust laws. It has the authority to restrict assorted market monopolizing practices, such as mergers, false or misleading advertising, price discrimination, and price fixing. Since the time of it's formation, the FTC has grown into an important consumer protection agency.

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SUPPLY-SIDE ECONOMICS: A branch of economics that emphasizes the productive capabilities of resources, especially in the context of macroeconomic instability and economic growth. Supply-side economics became popular in the 1980s after several decades of Keynesian "demand-side" economics. Supply-side proponents contended that policies aimed at the demand-side alone, especially fiscal policies, was causing economic stagnation. One note result of supply-side economics was the developed of the aggregate market, which combined existing demand-side economics with the newly emerging focus on the supply-side.

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PRIVATE GOODS

Goods characterized by rival consumption and the ability to exclude nonpayers. Private goods are one of four types of goods differentiated by consumption rivalry and nonpayer excludability. The other three goods are public (nonrival consumption and nonpayers cannot be excluded), common-property (rival consumption and nonpayers cannot be excluded), and near-public (nonrival consumption and nonpayers can be excluded). Rival consumption and the ease of excluding of nonpayers means private goods can be efficiently exchanged through markets.

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