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FACTOR DEMAND CURVE: A graphical representation of the relationship between the price to a factor of production and quantity of the factor demanded, holding all ceteris paribus factor demand determinants constant. The factor demand curve is one half of the factor market. The other half is factor supply. The factor demand curve indicates the quantity of a factor that would be demanded at alternative factor prices. While all factors of production, or scarce resources, including labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship, have factor demand curves, labor is the factor most often analyzed. Like other demand curves, the factor demand curve is negatively sloped. Higher factor prices are associated with smaller quantities demanded and lower factor prices go with larger quantities demanded.

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Lesson 16: Aggregate Shocks | Unit 4: Complex Shifts Page: 16 of 21

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Shifts of the SRAS curve that move the aggregate market away of the long-run equilibrium also trigger the self-correcting mechanism that moves it back.
  • The initial shift of the SRAS curve is caused by any of the ceteris paribus determinants.
  • The self-correcting shift of the SRAS curve is caused by wage changes triggered by an imbalance in the labor market.

Once again, we have two alternatives:

  • Short run aggregate supply increases.
  • Short run aggregate supply decreases.

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INFLATION

A persistent increase in the average price level in the economy. It is measured by the inflation rate, the annual percentage change in a price index such as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or GDP price deflator. Inflation is the most common phenomenon associated with the price level. Two related phenomena are deflation, a decrease in the price level, and disinflation, a decrease in the inflation rate. Inflation is one of two key macroeconomic problems. The other is unemployment.

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