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BUYERS' MARKET: A disequilibrium condition in a competitive market that has a surplus, such that buyers are able to force the price down. Note that a buyers' market does not mean that a lack of competition among demanders have given buyers market control. A buyers' market is a competitive market that simply has a temporary imbalance between the quantity demanded by the buyers and the quantity supplied by the sellers. The buyers' market phrase is commonly used (mainly by real world noneconomist types) to describe a surplus in real estate or housing markets. It's also commonly used when describing assorted financial markets. You might want to examine the opposite of a buyers' market, which is a sellers' market. Additional information on the real estate market can be found in the entry on building cycle.

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Lesson 9: Macro Basics | Unit 2: Macro Problems Page: 6 of 16

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Inflation is a stability problem that typically results because the four macro sectors of the economy demand more goods that the economy can produce.

Inflation problems:

  • Future prices become increasingly uncertain.
  • Financial assets like money, bank accounts, stocks and bonds decrease in value with higher prices.
  • Income and wealth are haphazardly redistributed because prices change at different rates.
  • Hyperinflation can reduce production because money becomes almost worthless and people revert to barter exchanges.

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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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