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INFLATION PROBLEMS: Two notable problems are associated with inflation: uncertainty and haphazard redistribution. Inflation, especially inflation that varies from month to month and year to year, makes long-term planning quite difficult. Prices, wages, taxes, interest rates, and other nominal values that enter into consumer, business, and government planning decisions can be significantly affected by inflation. Moreover, inflation tends to redistribute income and wealth in a haphazard manner; some people win and some people lose. But this redistribution might not that desired by society, failing to promote any of the basic economic goals of efficiency, equity, stability, growth, or full-employment.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 2: Resources Page: 8 of 17

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  • The use of limited resources (factors of production) to produce goods and services that satisfy wants and needs.
  • The four basic types of resources: labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship.
  • Labor as the human effort used to produce goods.
  • Capital as the manufactured resource used in production.
  • Land as the natural resources that provide the materials used in goods.
  • Entrepreneurship as the factor that combines other resources in the production process.
  • Differences between limited, scarce, and free resources.
  • The fuzzy areas of overlap between the different types of resources.

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AGGREGATE MARKET SHOCKS

Disruptions of the equilibrium in the aggregate market (or AS-AD model) caused by shifts of the aggregate demand, short-run aggregate supply, or long-run aggregate supply curves. Shocks of the aggregate market are associated with, and thus used to analyze, assorted macroeconomic phenomena such as business cycles, unemployment, inflation, stabilization policies, and economic growth. The specific analysis of aggregate market shocks identifies changes in the price level (GDP price deflator) and real production (real GDP). Changes in the price level and real production have direct implications for the unemployment rate, the inflation rate, national income, and a host of other macroeconomic measures.

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