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AD CURVE: The aggregate demand curve, which is a graphical representation of the relation between aggregate expenditures on real production and the price level, holding all ceteris paribus aggregate demand determinants constant. The aggregate demand, or AD, curve is one side of the graphical presentation of the aggregate market. The other side is occupied by the aggregate supply curve (which is actually two curves, the long-run aggregate supply curve and the short-run aggregate supply curve). The negative slope of the aggregate demand curve captures the inverse relation between aggregate expenditures on real production and the price level. This negative slope is attributable to the interest-rate effect, real-balance effect, and net-export effect.

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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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AUTONOMOUS CONSUMPTION

Household consumption expenditures that do not depend on income or production (especially disposable income, national income, or even gross domestic product). That is, changes in income do not generate changes in consumption. Autonomous consumption is best thought of as a baseline or minimum level of consumption that the household sector undertakes in the unlikely event that income falls to zero. It is measured by the intercept term of the consumption function or the consumption line. The alternative to autonomous consumption is induced consumption, which does depend on income.

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