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A: The common notation for the "intercept" term of an equation specified as Y = a + bX. Mathematically, the a-intercept term indicates the value of the Y variable when the value of the X variable is equal to zero. Theoretically, the a-intercept is frequently used to indicate exogenous or independent influences on the Y variable, that is, influences that are independent of the X variable. For example, if Y represents consumption and X represents national income, a measures autonomous consumption expenditures.

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THE GENERAL THEORY: The common name for the book, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, by John Maynard Keynes. This work laid the theoretical foundations for the modern study of macroeconomics and the specific analysis that has come to be known as Keynesian economics. Published in 1936 during the depths of the Great Depression, The General Theory provided both a theoretical explanation for the cause of the depression and recommendations for policies to correct the problems. It was THE textbook for the serious study of macroeconomics for almost four decades.

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AUTONOMOUS INVESTMENT

Business investment expenditures that do not depend on income or production (especially national income or even gross domestic product). That is, changes in income do not generate changes in investment. Autonomous investment is best thought of as investment that the business sector undertakes regardless of the state of the economy. It is measured by the intercept term of the investment line. The alternative to autonomous investment is induced investment, which does depend on income.

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