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DEPOSIT MULTIPLIER: The magnified change in checkable deposits resulting from a change in bank reserves. The simple deposit multiplier is the inverse of the required-reserves ratio. If banks keep 10 percent of their deposits in reserves, then the deposit multiplier is the inverse of 10 percent, or 10.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 1: The Concept Page: 1 of 17

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  • Scarcity is the pervasive condition that exists because society has unlimited wants and needs, but limited resources used for their satisfaction.
Meaning:
  • We can't have everything because resources are limited.
Unlimited wants and needs are half of the scarcity problem.
  • Unlimited wants and needs are what motivate us to take action, to produce goods, and to advance our well-being.
  • We are motivated to do things that satisfy these wants and needs. Satisfaction is achieved when wants and needs are fulfilled.
  • Scarcity results because wants and needs are unlimited. No one has ever been completely satisfied. We always want more.

Limited resources are the other half of our scarcity problem.

  • Resources are the stuff that we use to produce the goods that fulfill our wants and needs.
  • Resources are the things that make satisfaction possible.
  • Resources are limited. We have only so much 'stuff' than can be used to produce the goods that satisfy our wants and needs.

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DEMAND-PULL INFLATION

Inflation that results from increases in aggregate demand that exceed any increases in aggregate supply. This type of inflation results when the four macroeconomic sectors (household, business, government, and foreign) collectively try to purchase more output than the economy is capable of producing. The alternative type of inflation is cost-push inflation.

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