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Definition:

A nickname for the Washington Public Power Supply System, which in the 1970s raised billions of dollars through municipal bond offerings, the projects that never materialized. WPPSS defaulted on the payments to bondholders.

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Variable cost

A cost that is directly proportional to the volume of output produced. When production is zero, the variable cost is equal to zero.

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