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FISCAL POLICY: Use of the federal government's powers of spending and taxation to stabilize the business cycle. If the economy is mired in a recession, then the appropriate fiscal policy is to increase spending or reduce taxes--termed expansionary policy. During periods of high inflation, the opposite actions are needed--contractionary policy. The consequences of fiscal policy are typically observed in terms of the federal deficit.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 4: Analysis Page: 16 of 24

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Bundles outside the curve can be achieved through economic growth.

Economic growth is the process of increasing the economy's ability to produce goods and expand the production possibilities curve.

  • Bundle M cannot be reached with existing resources and technology and the current production possibilities frontier.
  • The production possibilities frontier only represents a current boundary.
  • Expanding resources and technology gives us economic growth. Specifically, we can increase the quantity or quality of resources.

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LAW OF INCREASING OPPORTUNITY COST

The proposition that opportunity cost, the value of foregone production, increases as the quantity of a good produced increases. This fundamental economic principles can be seen in the production possibilities schedule and is illustrated graphically through the slope of the production possibilities curve. It generates a distinctive convex shape, flat at the top and steep at the bottom.

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