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DIVIDEND: The portion of a corporation's after-tax accounting profit that's paid to shareholders or owners. Corporate managers usually try to pay the shareholders some minimum dividend that's comparable to returns from other financial markets--such as the interest on government securities or corporate bonds--to keep the owners from selling off the company's stock. That portion of after-tax accounting profit that's not paid out as dividends is typically invested in capital.

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Lesson 13: Aggregate Demand | Unit 2: Doing More Page: 5 of 22

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The household sector is the group responsible for the consumption part of the aggregate expenditures.

Consumption is the expenditures by the household sector on final goods and services undertaken in a given time period.

Three specific categories of consumption:

  • Nondurable goods Goods lasting less than a year.
  • Durable goods Goods lasting more than a year.
  • Services Intangible activities.
Each consumption category plays a different role in the macroeconomy.

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INFLATIONARY EXPECTATIONS, AGGREGATE DEMAND DETERMINANT

One of several specific aggregate demand determinants assumed constant when the aggregate demand curve is constructed, and that shifts the aggregate demand curve when it changes. An increase in the inflationary expectations causes an increase (rightward shift) of the aggregate curve. A decrease in the inflationary expectations causes a decrease (leftward shift) of the aggregate curve. Other notable aggregate demand determinants include interest rates, federal deficit, and the money supply.

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