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SLOPE, SAVING LINE: The positive slope of the saving line is also termed the marginal propensity to save (MPS). This slope is greater than zero but less than one, reflecting induced saving and the Keynesian psychological law of consumer behavior that saving increases by less than the increase in income. The slope of the saving line provides the foundation for the slope of the leakages line used in the injections-leakages model. It thus also affects the magnitude of the multiplier process.

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Economics:

A social science that studies the allocation of scarce resources used to produce goods and services that satisfy consumers' unlimited wants and needs.

Key points in the study of economics:

  • Social Science: Economics uses the scientific method to explain and study our society.
  • Allocation: Economics studies allocation decisions about distributing resources, goods and services.
  • Scarce Resources: The economy's resources are limited relative to their use.
  • Production: We transform available resources into goods and services. That's production.
  • Consumption: The goods and services produced are used to satisfy wants and needs. That's consumption.

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TAX MULTIPLIER

A measure of the change in aggregate production caused by changes in government taxes. The tax multiplier is the negative marginal propensity to consume times one minus the slope of the aggregate expenditures line. The simple tax multiplier includes ONLY induced consumption. More complex tax multipliers include other induced components. Two related multipliers are the expenditures multiplier, which measures the change in aggregate production caused by changes in an autonomous aggregate expenditure, and the balanced-budget multiplier which measures the change in aggregate production from equal changes in both taxes and government purchases.

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