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POLICY LAGS: A series of lags between the onset of an economic problem, such as business-cycle contraction, and the full impact of the policy designed to correct the problem, such as expansionary fiscal or monetary policy. Policy lags can take several years and are one of the key arguments against discretionary policies and for reliance on self correction and automatic stabilizers. Policy lags are often divided into inside lags, the time between the shock and the corrective policy, and outside lags, the time between the corrective policy and full impact on the economy.

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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: The Concept
  • What It Is
  • Two Sides: SRAS
  • Two Sides: LRAS
  • Two Sides: AD
  • Two Traits
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Equilibrium
  • Concept
  • Three Markets
  • Moving Target
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: Doing Curves
  • Long-Run Equilibrium
  • Long-Run Disequilibrium: Too High
  • Long-Run Disequilibrium: Too Low
  • Short-Run Equilibrium
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Self Correction
  • Short Run
  • Recessionary Gap
  • Inflationary Gap
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Policy Preview
  • Time
  • Time of Adjustment
  • Unit 5 Summary
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    Aggregate Market

    This lesson is devoted to the exposition of the aggregate market, which combines the aggregate demand curve and the two aggregate supply curves into two related models used to analyze the macroeconomy. The main focus of this lesson is on how each of the two models, one for the short run and one for the long run, achieve equilibrium. A key conclusion is that the short-run equilibrium does not necessarily correspond to the full-employment production achieved by the long-run equilibrium. This creates recessionary and inflation gaps, which correspond to the macroeconomic problems of unemployment and inflation.

    • In the first unit of this lesson we ponder the basics of the aggregate market, including the importance of aggregate demand, aggregate supply, the price level, real production, unemployment, and inflation.
    • Moving into the second unit, we review the concept of equilibrium and see how it relates to the aggregate market in both the short run and the long run.
    • The third unit analyzes short and long-run equilibrium by combining the aggregate demand, short-run aggregate supply, and long-run aggregate supply curves.
    • The topic of self-correction is examined in the fourth unit, especially how automatic shifts of the short-run aggregate supply curve can eliminate recessionary and inflationary gaps.
    • The fifth and final unit of this lesson previews the use of the aggregate market to analyze business cycle stabilization policies, with particular emphasis on the time period of adjustment.

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    Total fixed cost per unit of output, found by dividing total fixed cost by the quantity of output. When compared with price (per unit revenue), average fixed cost (AFC) indicates whether or not a profit-maximizing firm should shutdown production in the short run. Average fixed cost is one of three average cost concepts important to short-run production analysis. The other two are average total cost and average variable cost. A related concept is marginal cost.

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