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RIGID PRICES: The proposition that some prices adjust slowly in response to market shortages or surpluses. This condition is most important for macroeconomic activity in the short run and short-run aggregate market analysis. In particular, rigid (also termed inflexible or sticky) prices are a key reason underlying the positive slope of the short-run aggregate supply curve. Prices tend to be the most rigid in resource markets, especially labor markets, and the least rigid in financial markets, with product markets falling somewhere in between.

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  • How efficient use of resources can automatically result from the self-correcting tendency of markets to achieve equilibrium.
  • The demand price on the demand curve as the value of goods produced by society.
  • The supply price on the supply curve as the value of goods not produced by society.
  • How too much or too little production generates inequality between the demand price and the supply price, and prevents efficiency.
  • How market imperfections, including the lack of competition and externalities, prevent efficiency.


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AVERAGE PROPENSITY TO CONSUME

The proportion of household income that is used for consumption expenditures. The average propensity to consume (abbreviated APC) is really nothing more than average consumption. Together with the average propensity to save, it indicates how a given level of income is divided between consumption and saving. A related consumption measure is the marginal propensity to consume.

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