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TAX MULTIPLIER: The ratio of the change in aggregate output (or gross domestic product) to an autonomous change in a taxes. The tax multiplier is equal to the expenditure multiplier times the marginal propensity to consume. This is based on the only a fraction of the change in disposable income resulting from the change in taxes will result in a change in consumption expenditures. The tax multiplier can be used to indicate the change in fiscal policy induced government taxes are needed to achieve a given level of aggregate output (presumably full-employment output).

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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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CORPORATE PROFITS

The total accounting profits received by corporations. Corporate profits are the official item in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economics Analysis that measures profit earned by the household sector for supplying entrepreneurship services through corporations, and to some degree capital and land services, too. This is one of five official factor payments making up national income. The other four are compensation of employees, rental income of persons, net interest, and proprietors' income. Corporate profits the second largest factor payment category, usually coming in around 20 to 25 percent of national income.

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