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THIRD-WORLD COUNTRY: A country with a relatively low standard of living and which lacks the economic development of more advanced industrialized nations like the United States. Most third-world countries are in Africa, Asia, and South America and often rise to newsworthy prominence when they have a famine, are overthrown by a military dictator, or are invaded by a more developed country. They tend to have high rates of population growth and limited success in doing what's necessary to achieve economic growth.

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Lesson 14: Aggregate Supply | Unit 2: Two Options Page: 6 of 20

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In the short run some prices are flexible and some prices are rigid. Rigid prices are most important to resource and labor markets.
  • Rigid prices prevent markets from eliminating surpluses and from reaching equilibrium.
  • In the labor market, surpluses mean unemployment and not reaching full employment.
  • Short run aggregate supply involves the interplay of many elements in addition to price rigidity.

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SHORTAGE

A condition in the market in which the quantity demanded is greater than the quantity supplied at the existing price. Because buyers are unable to buy as much of the good as they want, a shortage generally causes an increase in the market price, which then acts to restore equilibrium. A shortage, which also goes by the terms excess demand and sellers' market, is one of two basic states of disequilibrium for the market. The other is surplus.

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