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ADJUSTMENT, SHORT-RUN AGGREGATE MARKET: Disequilibrium in the short-run aggregate market induces changes in the price level that restore equilibrium. If the price level is above the short-run equilibrium price level, economy-wide product market surpluses cause the price level to fall. If the price level is below the short-run equilibrium price level, economy-wide product market shortages cause the price level to rise. In both cases short-run equilibrium is restored. You might want to compare adjustment, long-run aggregate market. Price level changes induce changes in both aggregate expenditures and real production. Unlike the long-run aggregate market, changes in the price level can induce changes in short-run aggregate supply, making it greater or less than full-employment real production.

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Lesson 11: Circular Flow | Unit 2: Financial Markets Page: 8 of 22

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Saving is a nonconsumption use of income, making a loan or supplying income to the financial markets in exchange for a legal claim.
  • The red financial markets box is a third set of aggregate markets.
  • The green flow is saving supplied to the financial markets. It is income diverted from the household sector.
Why save?
  • To get paid. Interest is the payment for using income.
  • Income is needed later more than now. Income is set aside this year to buy more production next year.
Saving does not disappear, it is income diverted away from the consumption flow and supplied, or loaned, to the financial markets.

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UNIT OF ACCOUNT

The money function in which money is used as the common benchmark to designate the prices of goods exchanged throughout the economy. Unit of account, or measure of value, means money is functioning as the measuring unit for prices. In other words, prices of goods are stated in terms of the monetary unit. This is one of four basic functions of money. The other three are medium of exchange, store of value, and standard of deferred payment.

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