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AS: The abbreviaion for aggregate supply, which is the total (or aggregate) real production of final goods and services available in the domestic economy at a range of price levels, during a given time period. Aggregate supply (AS) is one half of the aggregate market analysis; the other half is aggregate demand. Aggregate supply, relates the economy's price level, measured by the GDP price deflator, and aggregate domestic production, measured by real gross domestic product. The aggregate supply relation is generally separated into long-run aggregate supply, in which all prices and wages and flexible and all markets are in equilibrium, and short-run aggregate supply, in which some prices and wage are NOT flexible and some markets are NOT in equilibrium.

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

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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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FEDERAL DEFICIT, AGGREGATE EXPENDITURES DETERMINANT

One of several specific aggregate expenditures determinants assumed constant when the aggregate expenditures line is constructed, and that shifts the aggregate expenditures line when it changes. An increase in the federal deficit causes an increase (upward shift) of the aggregate expenditures line. A decrease in the federal deficit causes a decrease (downward shift) of the aggregate expenditures line. Other notable aggregate expenditures determinants include consumer confidence, financial wealth, inflationary expectations, and exchange rates.

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