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HARD CURRENCY: Historically money that is in the form of precious metals, especially gold. In modern times, any national currency that is expected to retain its value (and even appreciate in value), and is readily acceptable for most international transactions. The U.S. dollar, German marc, and Swiss franc tend to be near the top of the list of hard currencies (also termed hard money).

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Lesson 14: Aggregate Supply | Unit 4: Determinants Page: 16 of 20

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The short-run aggregate supply (SRAS) curve is related to the price level, and this relation depends on production cost.
  • An increase in production cost decreases aggregate supply and shifts the SRAS leftward.
  • A decrease in production cost increases aggregate supply and shifts the SRAS rightward.
Key production cost changes:
  • Wages: Wages shift the SRAS from adjustments in workers perceptions of the current price level and expectations about future prices.
  • Material Cost: Key economy-wide resources, like oil, can cause the SRAS to shift through big changes in price.

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BALANCE OF TRADE SURPLUS

The positive difference of the value of goods and services exported out of a country less the value of goods and services imported into the country. A balance of trade surplus is the official term for positive net exports that occurs when exports exceed imports. A balance of trade surplus is also termed a "favorable" balance of trade because it results in a net inflow of monetary payments into the domestic economic from the foreign sector, which tends to be beneficial to a country. The alternative is a balance of trade deficit in which imports exceed exports.

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