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AGGREGATION: The process of adding up, summing, or otherwise identifying the total value of a variable or measure, especially when used in the study of macroeconomics. Common items that are aggregated are demand, supply, and expenditures on gross domestic product, which result in aggregate demand, aggregate supply, and aggregate expenditures.

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Lesson 19: Money Creation | Unit 1: A Little Magic Page: 3 of 23

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The magic is that banks create something of value: they create money.

Note that:

  • To create other valuable items we need valuable resources.
  • Banks create money by adding to a checking account.
Precedents:
  • Governments have done this for centuries: When they print paper currency, they transform items with little or no value into money with more value, value that is created from nothing.
The reality of money creation:
  • Banks do part of the money 'printing' or creation function historically performed by governments.
  • This is the reason why banks are heavily regulated.

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AMERICAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION

A formal organization of professional economists that promotes economic research, organizes annual meetings and conferences, and maintains a list of publications in several economics subjects. The American Economic Association (AEA) was originally organized by a small group interested in economics at a meeting in 1888 in Saratoga, New York. However, as interest in the subject grew, it officially incorporated in 1923. Although the AEA contained only a small number of members in the beginning, today the membership is approximately 18,000. In addition, about 4,600 libraries, institutions, and firms subscribe to the quarterly publications of the AEA.

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