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IMPACT LAG: In the context of economic policies, the time between corrective government action responding to a shock to the economy and the resulting affect on the economy. This is one of four lags in the use of economic policies. The others are recognition lag, decision lag, and action lag. The length of the impact lag, also termed outside lag, is primarily based on the speed of the multiplier process and is essentially the same for both fiscal and monetary policy. The length of the policy lags is one argument against the use of discretionary policies to stability business cycles.

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Lesson 16: Aggregate Shocks | Unit 3: Basic Shifts Page: 12 of 21

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  • How increases in aggregate demand in the long run affect only the price level, not real production which remains at full employment.
  • How increases in aggregate demand in the short run affect both the price level and the level of real production which may be below or above the full employment level.

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Activities that provide direct satisfaction of wants and needs without the production of tangible products or goods. Like the related term good, a service is produced using society's resources and represents a fundamental aspect of the economy. Limited resources are used to produce the services that satisfy unlimited wants and needs in an ongoing effort to address the problem of scarcity.

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