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Lesson 9: Macro Basics | Unit 4: Policies Page: 12 of 16

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People can take different views of government and economic polices that depend on political philosophies.
  • Liberal Democrat: The view that government is the only way to keep the economy running smoothly, using paternalistic, hands-on policies. If a problem arises, then government is the answer.
  • Conservative Republican: The view that government is the problem, not the solution. The best government is the least government because it is a tyrannical oppressor of individual rights and freedoms.
  • One view or the other is usually the basis of an economic policy.
The government can be the solution and it can be the problem.

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ASSUMPTIONS, CLASSICAL ECONOMICS

Classical economics, especially as directed toward macroeconomics, relies on three key assumptions--flexible prices, Say's law, and saving-investment equality. Flexible prices ensure that markets adjust to equilibrium and eliminate shortages and surpluses. Say's law states that supply creates its own demand and means that enough income is generated by production to purchase the resulting production. The saving-investment equality ensures that any income leaked from consumption into saving is replaced by an equal amount of investment. Although of questionable realism, these three assumptions imply that the economy would operate at full employment.

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