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DATA: Real world observations that are used to test or verify hypotheses. This is the key to the process of acquiring knowledge about the world using the scientific method. While theoretical speculation might indicate what we "think" the world is like, we don't know for sure until we compare our hypothesized view with the real world itself. Data is what adds empirical to empirical economic analysis.

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Lesson 16: Aggregate Shocks | Unit 3: Basic Shifts Page: 11 of 21

Topic: AD Decrease: Short Run <=PAGE BACK | PAGE NEXT=>

The short-run equilibrium is given by the intersection of the negatively sloped AD curve and the positively-sloped SRAS.
  • A decrease in AD and results in a new short-run equilibrium.
  • At the new equilibrium, both real production and the price level decrease.
  • Real production can decrease below full employment -- in the short run.
  • This shift gives us an intermediate point from one long-run equilibrium to another.

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COLLUSION

A usually secret agreement among competing firms in an industry (primarily oligopoly) to dominate the market, control the market price, and otherwise act like a monopoly. The reason for the secrecy is that such behavior is illegal in the United States under antitrust laws. Collusion can take one of two forms. Explicit collusion occurs when two or more firms in the same industry formally agree to control the market. Implicit collusion occurs when two or more firms in the same industry control the market through informal, interdependent actions. Collusion is one of two ways oligopoly firms cooperate to avoid competition. The other is through mergers.

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