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S-I MODEL: A model used to identify equilibrium in Keynesian economics based on injections (investment, I) and leakages (saving, S) for the two basic sectors (household and business). Equilibrium is achieved at the intersection of the saving line, S, and the investment line, I.

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Lesson 20: Federal Reserve System | Unit 1: The Fed Page: 1 of 20

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A key player in the medieval money game: Clarence the King. Clarence is the government regulator.

Because Fred practices fractional-reserve banking like modern banks, he has a problem:

  • Several knights redeem their gold receipts at the same time, but Fred does not have sufficient reserves.
  • King Clarence provides Fred with enough gold to satisfy the knights.
  • If Fred's banking operation ceases to exist, economic prosperity is also in jeopardy.
  • King Clarence decides to watch Fred to make sure that he keeps enough gold in reserve to avoid similar problems.
This is how King Clarence sort of 'discovers' the regulatory function of the modern banking system.

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ORDINAL UTILITY

The notion that utility--the satisfaction of wants and needs achieved through the consumption of goods and services--is measured by a ranking of preferences (first, second, third, etc.) that are only comparable on a relative basis. Ordinal utility does not presume that satisfaction is a measurable characteristic of a person, like height or weight, that can be compared against an established benchmark. The contrasting notion is cardinal utility, which is based on a numerical standard.

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