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DISEQUILIBRIUM: The state that exists when opposing forces do not offset each other and there is an inherent tendency for change. Disequilibrium is most noted in market analysis in which the opposing forces are demand (the buyers) and supply (the sellers). The result is either a shortage, which entices the market price to rise, or a surplus, which entices the market price to fall.

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Lesson 13: Aggregate Demand | Unit 2: Doing More Page: 7 of 22

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The government sector, like the household and business sectors, buys a portion of the final goods and services produced by the economy. These are government purchases.

Two points:

  • We study government purchases made by all three levels: federal, state, and local. But the federal level will occupy much of our interest.
  • We study government spending only for newly produced goods. We exclude government spending on transfer payments.

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MARGINAL ANALYSIS

A basic technique used in economics that analyzes small, incremental changes in key variables. Marginal analysis is the primary analytical approached used in the study of markets, production, consumption, business cycles, and economic policies. It not only reflects how most economic decisions are made, it also lends itself to mathematical and graphical analysis.

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