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UNEMPLOYMENT: The general condition in which resources are willing and able to produce goods and services but are not engaged in productive activities. While unemployment is most commonly thought of in terms of labor, any of the other factors of production (capital, land, and entrepreneurship) can be unemployed as well. The analysis of unemployment, especially labor unemployment, goes hand-in-hand with the study of macroeconomics that emerged from the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 5: Policies Page: 24 of 26

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Expansionary policies avoid or limit the problems of business cycle contractions.
  • Expansionary fiscal policy is increasing government spending or reducing taxes. More spending can offset the decline in investment, directly. Lower taxes leaves households with more income from consumption.
  • Expansionary monetary policy is increasing in the amount of money in circulation. More money means more spending.

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AGGREGATE MARKET ANALYSIS

An investigation of macroeconomic phenomena, including unemployment, inflation, business cycles, and stabilization policies, using the aggregate market interaction between aggregate demand, short-run aggregate supply, and long-run aggregate supply. Aggregate market analysis, also termed AS-AD analysis, has been the primary method of macroeconomic analysis since replacing Keynesian economics in the 1980s. Like most economic analysis, aggregate market analysis employs comparative statics, the technique of comparing the equilibrium after a shock with the equilibrium before a shock.

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