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DEMAND: The willingness and ability to buy a range of quantities of a good at a range of prices, during a given time period. Demand is one half of the market exchange process; the other is supply. This demand side of the market draws inspiration from the unlimited wants and needs dimension of the scarcity problem. People desire the goods and services that satisfy our wants and needs. This is the ultimate source of demand.

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Lesson 22: Factor Supply | Unit 4: Determinants Page: 22 of 25

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In this unit, you should have learned about:
  • How the standard determinants of market demand and market supply also work as factor supply determinants.
  • The role of mobility as a factor supply determinant.
  • How geographic mobility -- the movement from one location to another -- varies for different factors of production.
  • How occupational mobility -- the movement from one occupation to another -- varies for different factors of production.


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PRICE INDEX

A measure of the average of a group of prices calculated as a ratio to prices in a given time period (that is, a base year). A price index is primarily used to compare relative prices, or changes in the group prices over time. Such an index is a handy indicator of overall price trends. Two common price indexes that surface in the study of macroeconomics are the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the GDP price deflator. Both are used to indicate the macroeconomy's average price level and to estimate the inflation rate. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow), Standard & Poor's 500, and the NASDAQ are well-known indexes of stock market prices.

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A half gallon milk jug holds about $50 in pennies.
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