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ACTION LAG: In the context of economic policies, a part of the implementation lag involving the time it takes for appropriate policies to be launched once they have been agreed to by policy makers. Another part of the implementation lag is the decision lag. For fiscal policy, this involves appropriating funds to government agencies (for government spending) or changing the tax code (for taxes) For monetary policy, this involves the buying and selling government securities in the open market. The action lag is usually shorter for monetary policy than fiscal policy.

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Lesson 13: Aggregate Demand | Unit 5: Policies Plus Page: 20 of 22

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The consumption, investment, government purchase, and net export determinants cause the aggregate demand curve to shift and lead to macroeconomic instability.
  • This instability is best viewed in terms of business cycles. The effects of business-cycle instability are:
    • Recession. Means higher unemployment rates and related problems.
    • Booming Expansion. Possibility of higher inflation rates and related problems.
Aggregate demand is the prime source of economic instability.

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OLIGOPOLY AND MONOPOLISTIC COMPETITION

Oligopoly and monopolistic competition have some similarities, but also have a few important differences. Both are examples of imperfect competition on the market structure continuum between ideals of perfect competition and monopoly. However, oligopoly contains a small number of large firms and monopolistic competition contains a large number of small firms. The dividing line between oligopoly and monopolistic competition can be blurred due to the number of firms in the industry.

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