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Lesson 9: Macro Basics | Unit 1: The Macroeconomy Page: 3 of 16

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  • The basic definition of an economy, which is an interactive system of production, distribution, and consumption of resources, goods and services.
  • The four macroeconomic sectors of and their expenditures on total production: (a) the household sector and consumption, (b) the business sector and investment, (c) the government sector and government purchases, and (d) the foreign sector and net exports.
  • The primary economic functions of the household sector, which is consumption, the business sector, which is production, and the government sector, which is regulating economic activity.
  • The difference between microeconomics, the study of the parts of the economy, and macroeconomics, the study of the aggregate economy.


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AUTONOMOUS EXPORTS

Exports to the foreign sector that do not depend on domestic income or production (especially national income or gross domestic product). Exports depend on foreign income or production, but not on domestic income or production. While other expenditures have both autonomous and induced components, exports are exclusively autonomous. Autonomous exports are a key part of the autonomous part of net exports. Induced net exports are due to induced imports.

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