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C: The standard abbreviation for consumption expenditures by the household sector, especially when used in the study of macroeconomics. This abbreviation is most often seen in the consumption function, specified as C = a + bY, where Y stands for national income. It is also used for the aggregate expenditure equation, AE = C + I + G + (X - M), where I, G, and (X - M) represent expenditures by the other three macroeconomic sectors, business, government, and foreign.

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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: The Macroeconomy
  • An Economy
  • Macroeconomics
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Macro Problems
  • The Goals
  • Unemployment
  • Inflation
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: Business Cycles
  • Instability
  • Causes
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Policies
  • Government
  • Viewpoints
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Issues
  • Policies
  • Theories
  • Unit 5 Summary
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    Macro Basics

    In lesson, we move into the formal study of macroeconomics, laying the groundwork for lessons to come. In particular, this lesson introduces several important macroeconomics concepts and notions. Among the list of more important notions are the role an economy plays in the study of macroeconomics, the two key macroeconomic problems of inflation and unemployment, how these problems are related business-cycle instability, and economic stabilization policies designed to correct these problems.

    • The first unit of this lesson lays the foundation of for the study of macroeconomics, introducing the nature of an economy and providing a little information about the U.S. economy.
    • In the second unit, we examine some of the more notable macroeconomics problems, especially production, unemployment, and inflation.
    • We then take a look at the importance of business cycles in the macroeconomy, including recent trends in business cycle activity and a few potential business cycle causes.
    • The fourth unit then examines the role that economic policies play in the macroeconomy.
    • The firth unit wraps up this lesson with a few thoughts about the connection between political philosophies, economic policies, and economic theories.

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    SLOPE, PRODUCTION POSSIBILITIES CURVE

    The numerical value of the slope of the production possibilities curve, which illustrates the alternative combinations of two goods that an economy can produce with given resources and technology, is the opportunity cost of producing the good measured on the horizontal axis.

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