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GROSS PRIVATE DOMESTIC INVESTMENT: Expenditures on capital goods to be used for productive activities in the domestic economy that are undertaken by the business sector during a given time period. This is the official item in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis measuring capital investment expenditures. Gross private domestic investment tends to be the least stable of the four expenditures, averaging between 12-18% of gross domestic product.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 1: Measuring Production Page: 4 of 25

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The third GDP highlight phrase is 'a given period of time'.

GDP is production that takes place during a specific period, usually one year.

  • GDP is a flow. Current production takes place during the specific period of time under study.
  • Flows are measured over a period of time. GDP is measured from January 1st to December 31st.
  • Stocks are measured at a point in time. The quantity of money is measured at an instant in time, like July 26th at 8:15.
  • In addition to GDP, other production and income measures in this lesson are flows.
  • In addition to money, employment, business inventories, and labor force are stocks.

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CONSUMER CONFIDENCE, AGGREGATE EXPENDITURES DETERMINANT

One of several specific aggregate expenditures determinants assumed constant when the aggregate expenditures line is constructed, and that shifts the aggregate expenditures line when it changes. An increase in consumer confidence causes an increase (upward shift) of the aggregate expenditures line. A decrease in consumer confidence causes a decrease (downward shift) of the aggregate expenditures line. Other notable aggregate expenditures determinants include interest rates, federal deficit, inflationary expectations, and exchange rates.

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