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LONG RUN, MACROECONOMICS: In terms of the macroeconomic analysis of the aggregate market, a period of time in which all prices, especially wages, are flexible, and have achieved their equilibrium levels. This is one of two macroeconomic time designations; the other is the short run. Long-run wage and price flexibility means that ALL markets, including resources markets and most notably labor markets, are in equilibrium, with neither surpluses nor shortages. Wage and price flexibility and the resulting resource market equilibria are the reason for the vertical long-run aggregate supply curve.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 3: Reserve Banking Page: 16 of 24

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Knights make gold deposits, others withdraw gold, merchants seek investment loans, and others repay loans.

Fred must keep sufficient gold to satisfy any withdrawal.

Required reserves:

  • Fred concludes that he needs no more than 10 pounds of gold to back each 100 pounds of gold deposits.
  • He doesn't need to keep 100% of the deposits in reserves.

Fred has discovered modern fractional-reserve banking.

Excess Reserves:

  • Fred uses the other 90% for the loans which earn interest and make his business a profitable one.

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LONG-RUN AGGREGATE MARKET

A macroeconomic model relating the price level and real production under the assumption that ALL prices are flexible. This is one of two aggregate market submodels used to analyze business cycles, gross production, unemployment, inflation, stabilization policies, and related macroeconomic phenomena. The other is the short-run aggregate market. The long-run aggregate market isolates the interaction between aggregate demand and long-run aggregate supply. The key assumption of this model is that ALL prices, especially resource prices, are flexible. The primary result of this model is that the economy achieves long-run equilibrium at full-employment real production.

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