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PERFECT COMPETITION, LONG-RUN EQUILIBRIUM CONDITIONS: The long-run equilibrium of a perfectly competitive industry generates six specific equilibrium conditions, including: (1) economic efficiency (P = MC), (2) profit maximization (MR = MC), (3) perfect competition (MR = AR = P), (4) breakeven output (P = AR = ATC), (5) minimum production cost (MC = ATC), and (6) minimum efficient scale (MC = ATC = LRAC = LRMC).

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Lesson 13: Aggregate Demand | Unit 5: Policies Plus Page: 21 of 22

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The federal government can exert a great deal of control over the aggregate demand curve through government policies. This control of aggregate demand is called demand-management policies.
  • Government use of purchases and taxes to affect aggregate demand is termed fiscal policy.
    • Government can influence aggregate demand directly through government purchases.
    • Government can also indirectly alter aggregate demand through taxes that affect household consumption and business investment.
  • Government also changes the interest rate through monetary policy with the goal of affecting consumption and investment.

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SLOPE, AGGREGATE EXPENDITURES LINE

The positive slope of the aggregate expenditures line is the sum of the marginal propensity to consume (MPC), marginal propensity to invest (MPI), and marginal propensity for government purchases (MPG), less the marginal propensity to import (MPM). This slope is greater than zero but less than one, reflecting induced expenditures by the four macroeconomic sectors (household, business, government, and foreign). The slope of the aggregate expenditures line determines the magnitude of the multiplier process.

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