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NATURAL SELECTION: The notion that firms best suited to the economic environment on the ones that tend to survive. The natural selection of business firms is an adaptation of the biological process of natural selection, in which biological entities best suited to the natural environment are the ones that survive. The notion of natural section suggests that even if firms do NOT actively, consciously pursue the profit-maximization goal, assuming they do is not necessarily unreasonable. Those firms that approximate the goal of profit-maximization, whether intentionally or accidently, are the ones most likely to survive and remain in business.

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Lesson 16: Aggregate Shocks | Unit 2: Extension Page: 5 of 21

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The aggregate market has a perpetual inclination to adjust from short-run equilibrium to long-run equilibrium.
  • The aggregate market self-correction mechanism relies on wages, the key production cost determinant.
  • Short-run labor market imbalances induce wage changes that move the aggregate market to long-run equilibrium.

A recessionary gap Unemployment causes lower wages and production costs, and an increase in short-run aggregate supply.

An inflationary gap Labor market imbalances increase wages and production cost, and decrease in short-run aggregate supply.

Long run equilibrium is restored in both cases.


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RECESSIONARY GAP, KEYNESIAN MODEL

The difference between equilibrium aggregate production achieved in the Keynesian model and full-employment aggregate production that occurs when equilibrium aggregate production is less than full-employment aggregate production. A recessionary gap, also termed a contractionary gap, is associated with a business-cycle contraction. The prescribed Keynesian remedy for a recessionary gap is expansionary fiscal policy. This is one of two alternative output gaps that can occur when equilibrium generates production that differs from full employment. The other is an inflationary gap.

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