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50 Cards in this Set

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aggregate demand
The ability to produce more units of a good or service than some other producer, using the same quantity of resources.
consumer price index (CPI)
A price index that measures the cost of a fixed basket of consumer goods and services and compares the cost of this basket in one time period with its cost in some base period. Changes in the CPI are used to measure inflation
division of labor
An arrangement in which workers perform only one or a few steps in a larger production process (as when working on an assembly line).
A sustained decrease in the average price level of all the goods and services produced in the economy.
fiscal policy
Changes in the expenditures or tax revenues of the federal government, undertaken to promote full employment, price stability, and reasonable rates of economic growth.
gross domestic product (GDP)
The market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a calendar year.
Any reward or benefit, such as money or good feeling, that motivates choices and behaviors.
Keynesian Theory
The macroeconomic theory holding that business cycles are caused by changes in aggregate demand and that such cycles can and should be influenced by fiscal and monetary policy undertaken to promote economic stability.
Monetarist Theory
A macroeconomic theory holding that the main cause of changes in the business cycle are changes in money supply.
A property of certain goods and services such that (once the goods or services are provided) they cannot be denied to or withheld from people who have not paid for the goods or services; examples include street lights or national defense.
aggragate supply
A schedule (or graph) that shows the value of output(real GDP) that would be produced at different price levels. In the long run, the schedule shows a constant level of real GDP at all price levels, determined by the economy’s productive capacity at full employment. In the short run, the aggregate supply schedule may show different levels of real GDP as the price level changes.
Trading a good or service directly for another good or service, without using money or credit.
The advantage(s) of a particular course of action as measured by good feeling, dollars, or number of items.
An element of financial planning where all income is listed and compared to all expenditures. Often expenditure decisions need to be made to hold spending less than or equal to income.
budget deficit
Refers to national budgets; occurs when government spending is greater than government income from taxes and tariffs in a given year. A yearly deficit adds to the public debt.
budget surplus
Refers to national budgets; occurs when government income is greater than government spending in a given year.
business cycles
Fluctuations in the overall rate of national economic activity with alternating periods of expansion and contraction; these vary in duration and degrees of severity; usually measured by real gross domestic product (GDP).
Resources and goods made and used to produce other goods and services. Examples include buildings, machinery, tools, and equipment.
Attempts by two or more individuals or organizations to acquire the same goods, services, or productive and financial resources. Consumers compete with other consumers for goods and services. Producers compete with other producers for sales to consumers.
compound interest
Interest that is earned not only on the principal but also on the interest already earned.
consumer surplus
The difference between the price a consumer would be willing to pay for a good or service and what that consumer actually has to pay.
People who use goods and services to satisfy their economic wants.
The disadvantages of a particular course of action as measured by bad feeling, dollars, or numbers of items.
The opportunity to borrow money or to receive goods or services in return for a promise to pay later.
Money owed to someone else. Also see Debt for individual and National debt.
A schedule (or graph) showing how many units of a good or service buyers are willing and able to buy at all possible prices during a period of time.
The allocation or dividing up of the goods and services a society produces.
economic functions of government
In a market economy, government agencies establish and maintain a legal system to regulate both commercial and social behavior, promote competition, respond to market failures by providing public goods and adjusting for externalities, redistribute income, and establish macroeconomic stabilization policies. To perform these functions, governments must shift resources from private uses by taxing and/or borrowing.
economic growth
An increase in real output as measured by real GDP or per capita real GDP.
economic incentives
Factors that motivate and influence the behavior of individuals and organizations, including firms and government agencies. Prices, profits, and losses are important economic incentives in a market economy.
definition of economics
The study of how people, firms, and societies choose to use scarce resources.
See Price elasticity of demand, Price elasticity of supply.
Goods and services produced in one nation and sold to consumers in other nations.
federal reserve
The central bank of the United States. Its main function is controlling the money supply through monetary policy.
foreign exchange market
The central bank of the United States. Its main function is controlling the money supply through monetary policy.
Tangible objects that satisfy economic wants.Tangible objects that satisfy economic wants.
human capital
The health, education, experience, training, and skills of people.
A very rapid rise in the overall price level.
Purchases of foreign goods and services; the opposite of Exports.
Any reward or benefit, such as money or good feeling, that motivates choices and behaviors.
Payments earned by households for selling or renting their productive resources. For example, workers receive wage or salary payments in exchange for their labor.
Payments for the use of real or financial capital over some period of time; paid by those who use the resources to those who own them, as in mortgage payments paid by a borrower to a lender.
Purchase of capital goods (including machinery, technology, or new buildings) used to make consumer goods and services.
The quantity and quality of human effort available to produce goods and services.
labor force
The people in a nation who are aged 16 or over and are employed or actively looking for work.
law of diminishing marginal returns
Describes a phenomenon observed in all short-run production processes, when at least one input (usually capital)is fixed. As more and more units of a variable input (usually labor) are added to the fixed input, the additional (marginal) output associated with each increase in units of the variable input will eventually decline. In other words, successive increases in a variable factor of production added to fixed factors of production will result in smaller increases in output.
macoreconomic equilibrium
The equilibrium level of output and the price level where aggregate demand equals aggregate supply.
macroeconomic equilibrium
The study of economics concerned with the economy as a whole, involving aggregate demand, aggregate supply, and monetary and fiscal policy.
The study of economics concerned with the economy as a whole, involving aggregate demand, aggregate supply, and monetary and fiscal policy.
definition of money
Anything that is generally accepted as final payment for goods and services; serves as a medium of exchange, a store of value, and a unit of account; allows people to compare the relative economic value of different goods and services.