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GOVERNMENT PURCHASES OF GOODS AND SERVICES: Expenditures on final goods and services (that is, gross domestic product) undertaken by the government sector. The official entry for government purchases in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis is termed government consumption expenditures and gross investment. Government purchases are used to operate the government (administrative salaries, etc.) and to provide public goods (national defense, highways, etc.). Government purchases do not include other government spending for transfer payments. These are expenditures on final goods by all three levels of government: federal, state, and local governments.

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Lesson 17: Money | Unit 4: Money's History Page: 18 of 25

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Because barter has limitations, the double coincidence of needs, peoples used commodities as money.

Commodity money:

  • When they began using a widely desired commodity, they created commodity money.
  • Commodity money has value in use and value in trade.
  • The value in use dictates value in trade.
  • Some commodities are better than others in terms of the four money characteristics.
  • Our ancestors tried many different commodities before finding one type that fits the characteristics better than most metals.

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STABILIZATION POLICIES

Economic policies undertaken by governments to counteract business-cycle fluctuations and prevent high rates of unemployment and inflation. The two most common stabilization policies are fiscal and monetary. Stabilization policies are also termed countercyclical policies, meaning that they attempt to "counter" the natural ups and downs of business "cycles." Expansionary policies are appropriate to reduce unemployment during a contraction and contractionary policies are aimed at reducing inflation during an expansion.

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