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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 3: The Curve Page: 9 of 24

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We can transform the schedule of production possibility numbers into a graph.
  • Each bundle can be represented by a point in two dimensional production possibilities space.
  • The two dimensions of the space are clock calibrators on the horizontal axis and jogging shoes on the vertical axis.
  • The horizontal axis is measured between 0 and 11 calibrators.
  • The vertical axis is measured between 0 and 500 jogging shoes.
  • The two axis are joined at the origin.
  • The plotted bundles form a semi-circle pattern.
  • If these were stars in the night sky we might name it the arc of production. But it's not, so we won't.

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INTERCEPT, AGGREGATE EXPENDITURES LINE

The intercept of the aggregate expenditures line indicates autonomous expenditures, aggregate expenditures that do not depend on the level of income or production. This can be thought of as aggregate expenditures that the four macroeconomic sectors (household, business, government, and foreign) undertake regardless of the state of the economy. Autonomous expenditures are affected by the aggregate expenditures determinants, which cause a change in the intercept and a shift of the aggregate expenditures line.

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The portion of aggregate output U.S. citizens pay in taxes (30%) is less than the other six leading industrialized nations -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, or Japan.
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