March 18, 2018 

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CLOSED ECONOMY: An economy with little or no foreign trade. A country with a closed economy can usually tend to it's problems without worrying about other countries. During the 1950s and 1960s, the good old U. S. of A. had relatively little foreign trade, and was very nearly a closed economy. But that was a unique period in the United States unmatched before or since. In fact, it's very difficult to find a real-life closed economy anywhere in the world today. Because of this, you should take a close look at the entry open economy.

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AUTONOMOUS CHANGE: A change in autonomous expenditures that sets in motion a change in the national income and gross domestic product through the multipiler. In terms of Keynesian economics and the Keynesian cross diagram, autonomous changes are seen as shifts in the aggregate expenditures line. Autonomous changes cause changes in income and production which then "induce" further changes in aggregate expenditures, especially consumption expenditures, which are induced changes. This two step process, autonomous changes causing induced changes, is key to explaining business cycle fluctuations.

     See also | autonomous expenditure | induced expenditure | aggregate expenditures line | Keynesian economics | Keynesian cross | multiplier | circular flow | accelerator | business cycle |

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Equilibrium that is restored if disrupted by an external force. Most economic models have equilibrium that is stable, reflecting the observation that the real world adapts to changes and maintains a fair degree of stability. The alternative to a stable equilibrium is an unstable equilibrium.

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