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A: The common notation for the "intercept" term of an equation specified as Y = a + bX. Mathematically, the a-intercept term indicates the value of the Y variable when the value of the X variable is equal to zero. Theoretically, the a-intercept is frequently used to indicate exogenous or independent influences on the Y variable, that is, influences that are independent of the X variable. For example, if Y represents consumption and X represents national income, a measures autonomous consumption expenditures.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 4: Analysis Page: 18 of 24

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  • How full employment is represented by any bundle ON the production possibilities curve and unemployment is represented by any bundle INSIDE the production possibilities curve.
  • The production possibilities curve as a frontier or boundary that cannot be cross give current quantities and qualities of resources.
  • How the process of economic growth expands the production possibilities curve to reach previously unreachable bundles of goods.
  • How economic growth is achieved by increasing the quantity or quality of resources.
  • Five important sources of economic growth-the quantity of labor, the quantity of capital, the quantity of materials, education, and technology.


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The official unemployment rate, which measures the proportion of the civilian labor force 16 years or older that is not engaged in productive activities but is actively seeking employment, might be either overstated or understated due to discouraged workers, part-time workers, and unreported legal or illegal employment. Taken together, these measurement problems suggest that the official unemployment rate is likely understated during business-cycle contraction and overstated during business-cycle expansions.

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