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DEMAND DETERMINANTS: Five basic ceteris paribus factors that affect demand, but which are assumed constant when a demand curve is constructed. Changes in any one causes a shift of the demand curve. The five demand determinants are: income, preferences, other prices, buyers' expectations, and number of buyers.

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Lesson 14: Aggregate Supply | Unit 5: Connections Page: 18 of 20

Topic: Self-Correction <=PAGE BACK | PAGE NEXT=>

The aggregate market has a self-correcting mechanism that ensures the long-run full-employment equilibrium will be reached by itself, without government policies.

The predicament:

  • Long run means full employment and flexible prices.
  • Short run means price rigidity without full employment.
The automatic, self-correcting solution:
  1. Disequilibrium in the labor market exerts pressure on wages to correct the imbalance, even with wage rigidity.
  2. This automatically moves us from the short run to the long run and full-employment equilibrium.
The critical question: How long does the self-correcting mechanism take? Days? Months? Years?

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AVERAGE REVENUE CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between average revenue received by a firm for selling its output and the quantity of output sold. Because average revenue is essentially the price of a good, the average revenue curve is also the demand curve for a firm's output. The average revenue curve for a firm with no market control is horizontal. The average revenue curve for a firm with market control is negatively sloped.

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