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DERIVATION, AGGREGATE EXPENDITURES LINE: An aggregate expenditures line, a graphical depiction of the relation between aggregate expenditures and the level of aggregate income or production, can be derived by sequentially adding expenditures by the four macroeconomic sectors (household, business, government, and foreign). This derivation process begins with the consumption line, then adds investment, government purchases, and finally net exports. The process actually generates three alternative aggregate expenditures lines based on the number of sectors included (two sector, three sector, and four sector).

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Scarcity is THE economic problem. Investment in capital goods is the source of economic growth and progress that lessens the scarcity problem.
  • Some investment is good, but lot of investment is not necessarily better.
  • If we produce only capital goods and no consumption goods, eventually, with no consumption, people would die.
  • The trick is to strike a balance between capital goods and consumption goods.
  • Answering this question puts us into the realm of normative economics.

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AUTONOMOUS CONSUMPTION

Household consumption expenditures that do not depend on income or production (especially disposable income, national income, or even gross domestic product). That is, changes in income do not generate changes in consumption. Autonomous consumption is best thought of as a baseline or minimum level of consumption that the household sector undertakes in the unlikely event that income falls to zero. It is measured by the intercept term of the consumption function or the consumption line. The alternative to autonomous consumption is induced consumption, which does depend on income.

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