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MACROECONOMIC THEORIES: Scientific theories that seek to explain phenomena associated with the macroeconomy. The primary phenomena investigated are unemployment, inflation, and the level of aggregate production. Macroeconomic theories also inevitably provide policy recommendations intended to improve the performance of the economy and to correct macroeconomic problems. A few of the more noted macroeconomic theories are: Classical economics, Keynesian economics, aggregate market (AS-AD) analysis, IS-LM analysis, Monetarism, and New Classical economics.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 1: Economics Page: 1 of 18

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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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DEMAND INCREASE

An increase in the willingness and ability of buyers to purchase a good at the existing price, illustrated by a rightward shift of the demand curve. An increase in demand is caused by a change in a demand determinant and results in an increase in equilibrium quantity and an increase in equilibrium price. A demand increase is one of two demand shocks to the market. The other is a demand decrease.

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