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LONG-RUN TREND: The general movement over time of particular measurement, especially one prone toward shorter term fluctuations. One of the most important long-run trends in the study of macroeconomics is for real GDP. The long-run trend of real GDP, which has historically increased about 3% a year, indicates the increase in the economy's production capabilities. Such capabilities have increased due to increases in the quantity and quality of resources.

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Lesson 6: Supply | Unit 2: Law of Supply Page: 5 of 19

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The law of supply is the basic principle underlying supply.

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The law of supply is a direct relationship between supply price and the quantity supplied, ceteris paribus.

  • Direct relationship means that people sell more of a good if the price is higher and less if the price is lower.
  • The law of supply is not as rigid as the law of demand. The price and the quantity supplied are not always directly related. Higher prices could cause an increase or a decrease in the quantity supplied.
Ceteris paribus is also important to the law of supply.
  • Ceteris paribus means other things remain unchanged.
  • Law of supply applies exclusively to the relationship between supply price and quantity supplied.
  • All other things that can affect supply must remain constant to avoid distorting this relationship.
  • Because supply is affected by many factors other than price, the price/quantity supply relationship can get lost when other things change.
  • Other factors that affect supply are called supply determinants.

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A set of seven fundamental notions that reflect the study of economics and how the economy operates. They are: (1) scarcity, (2) subjectivity, (3) inequality, (4) competition, (5) imperfection, (6) ignorance, and (7) complexity.

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