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CAPITAL ACCOUNT: One of two parts of a nation's balance of payments. The capital is a record of all purchases of physical and financial assets between a nation and the rest of the world in a given period, usually one year. On one side of the balance of payments ledger account are all of the foreign assets purchase by our domestic economy. On the other side of the ledger are all of our domestic assets purchased by foreign countries. The capital account is said to have a surplus if a nation's investments abroad are greater than foreign investments at home. In other words, if the good old U. S. of A. is buying up more assets in Mexico, Brazil, and Hungry, than Japanese, Germany, and Canada investors are buying up of good old U. S. assets, then we have a surplus. A deficit is the reverse.

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GDP and related measures are not perfect.
  • GDP is only an indicator of economic activity. Because it requires interpretation and analysis it is subject to misinterpretation and misanalysis.
  • GDP is an aggregate measure for the economy. It measures total production, but it does not indicate who receives the production, the distribution of production.
  • GDP does not measure the satisfaction of wants and needs. GDP can increase even though welfare does not increase, or even decreases. GDP might even decrease even though welfare is greater.

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KEYNESIAN EQUILIBRIUM

The state of macroeconomic equilibrium identified by the Keynesian model when the opposing forces of aggregate expenditures equal aggregate production achieve a balance with no inherent tendency for change. Once achieved, a Keynesian equilibrium persists unless or until it is disrupted by an outside force, especially changes in autonomous expenditures.

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