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REAL GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: The total market value, measured in constant prices, of all goods and services produced within the political boundaries of an economy during a given period of time, usually one year. The key is that real gross domestic product is measured in constant prices, the prices for a specific base year. Real gross domestic product, also termed constant gross domestic product, adjusts gross domestic product for inflation. You might want to compare real gross domestic product with the related term nominal gross domestic product.

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Lesson 17: Money | Unit 2: More About Money Page: 6 of 25

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Money functions as the measuring unit for prices, it is the unit of account or measure of value.
  • Markets prices are expressed in terms of the medium of exchange.

Reason:

  • Sellers are willing to trade for, and buyers are willing to give up, THE medium of exchange: Money.

Therefore:

  • Money is used for exchanges.
  • Using money as the unit for prices gives a measure for value, that is, how much value we place on a good.
  • The measure of value helps macroeconomist calculate gross domestic product.

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MARGINAL PROPENSITY TO IMPORT

The change in imports purchased from the foreign induced by a change in income or production (national income or gross domestic product). The marginal propensity to import (abbreviated MPM) is another term for the slope of the imports line and is calculated as the change in imports divided by the change in income or production. The MPM plays a role in Keynesian economics. It augments the slope of the aggregate expenditures line and is part to the multiplier process. A related marginal measure is the marginal propensity to consume.

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