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JOB VACANCY RATE: A simple little ratio of the number of job vacancies in our economy to the sum of employment and job vacancies. In essence, this measures the fraction of jobs in the economy that are open, but haven't been filled. To be included as an officially vacant job, employers must be actively searching to fill it with a warm body, by advertising in the paper, contacting employment offices, etc. Like the more common unemployment rate, the job vacancy rate is a useful indicator of the business cycle. When the economy is booming, the job vacancy rate is likely to be relatively high. A low rate signals a recession.

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Lesson 6: Supply | Unit 4: Determinants Page: 13 of 19

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Supply determinants shift the supply curve.
  • The supply curve is drawn assuming that only price and quantity change. The determinants are assumed to be constant.
  • A change in one of the determinants can cause:
  • An increase in supply, a rightward shift, which means that for any price, for every price, sellers are willing and able to sell more of the good.

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RESOURCE QUALITY, AGGREGATE SUPPLY DETERMINANT

One of three categories of aggregate supply determinants assumed constant when the short-run or long-run aggregate supply curves are constructed, and which shifts both aggregate supply curves when it changes. An increase in a resource quality causes an increase (rightward shift) of both aggregate supply curves. A decrease in a resource quality causes a decrease (leftward shift) of both aggregate supply curves. The other two categories of aggregate supply determinants are resource quantity and resource price. Specific determinants falling into this general category include education and technology. Anything affecting the quality of labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship is also included.

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