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INFLATION: A persistent increase in the average price level in the economy. Inflation occurs when the AVERAGE price level (that is, prices IN GENERAL) increases over time. This does NOT mean that ALL prices increase the same, nor that ALL prices necessarily increase. Some prices might increase a lot, others a little, and still other prices decrease or remain unchanged. Inflation results when the AVERAGE of these assorted prices follows an upward trend. Inflation is the most common phenomenon associated with the price level.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 2: A Simple Cycle Page: 8 of 26

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Contractions don't last forever. The end of a contraction is the trough, the turning point to an expansion.
  • Point B is the end of the contraction and the beginning of the expansion, the trough.
  • A trough is the turning point between a contraction and an expansion.
  • A trough is the lowest level reached by the economy before an expansion begins, the dark before the dawn.
  • Turning points are important because they are the transition from bad to good of good to bad.
  • A turning point might not be identified until well after it has happened.

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CHANGE IN DEMAND

A shift of the demand curve caused by a change in one of the demand determinants. A change in demand is caused by any factor affecting demand EXCEPT price. A related, but distinct, concept is a change in quantity demanded.

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