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DIVISIBILITY: One of four characteristics that enables an asset to better function as money. The other three are durability, transportablity, and non-counterfeitability. This characteristic means that the item used as money can be easily divided into small increments so that it can match commodity values more precisely.

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Lesson 8: Market Shocks | Unit 1: Adjustments Page: 3 of 20

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  • The market model as a tool to understand our economic world, specifically to see how markets move, or adjust, from one equilibrium to another.
  • The three basic questions about market changes: What causes the shock? What are the consequences of the shock? Is the shock good or bad?


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INFLEXIBLE 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, inflexible prices (also termed rigid prices or sticky prices) are a key reason underlying the positive slope of the short-run aggregate supply curve. Prices tend to be the most inflexible in resource markets, especially labor markets, and the least inflexible in financial markets, with product markets falling between the two.

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Post WWI induced hyperinflation in German in the early 1900s raised prices by 726 million times from 1918 to 1923.
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