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DEPRECIATION, CAPITAL: The wearing out, breaking down, or technological obsolescence of physical capital that results from use in the production of goods and services. To paraphrase an old saying, "You can't make a car without breaking a few socket wrenches." In other words, when capital is used over and over again to produce goods and services, it wears down from such use.

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Lesson 15: Aggregate Market | Unit 4: Self Correction Page: 18 of 22

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The aggregate market can automatically reach long-run equilibrium by closing an inflationary gap.

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  • Short-run equilibrium is at the intersection of the AD and the SRAS (SRo) curves.
  • The initial short-run price level is Po, and real production is Qo.
  • Short-run equilibrium is to the right of the full employment production, Qf.
  • We have an inflationary gap.
  • As wages rise, production cost increases which decreases short-run aggregate supply.
  • The SRAS curves shift to reach the full employment level at the intersection of the LRAS and AD curves.

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LONG RUN, MACROECONOMICS

In terms of the macroeconomic analysis of the aggregate market, a period of time in which all prices, especially wages, are flexible, and are able to achieve equilibrium levels. This is one of two macroeconomic time designations; the other is the short run. Long-run wage and price flexibility means that ALL markets, including resource markets and most notably labor markets, are in equilibrium, with neither surpluses nor shortages. Wage and price flexibility and the resulting resource market equilibria are the reason for the vertical long-run aggregate supply curve.

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