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KEYNESIAN MODEL: A macroeconomic model based on the principles of Keynesian economics that is used to identify the equilibrium level of, and analyze disruptions to, aggregate production and income. This model identifies equilibrium aggregate production and income as the intersection of the aggregate expenditures line and the 45-degree line. The Keynesian model comes in three basic variations designated by the number of macroeconomic sectors included--two-sector, three-sector, and four sector. The Keynesian model is also commonly presented in the form of injections and leakages in addition to the standard aggregate expenditures format. This model is used to analyze several important topics and issues, including multipliers, business cycles, fiscal policy, and monetary policy.

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CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: In general, this is the notion of how much confidence that consumers (the public) have in the present and future performance of the economy. Consumer confidence is a key determinant of the aggregate demand curve and the source of business-cycle instability. A sudden drop in consumer confidence can trigger a contraction, while overly optimistic consumers can keep an economy expanding, even though it shouldn't. Consumer confidence is generally measured by periodic surveys which ask consumers about their degree of confidence in the economy.

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PRINCIPAL-AGENT PROBLEM

A disconnection or conflict between the objectives and goals of the principal and those of the agent authorized to represent the principal. The principal-agent problem arises because an agent is given the responsibility and authority to take actions that affect both the principal, but can also affect the agent. This problem is common in corporate management, where the principal is shareholders and the agent is managers. It is also common in government, where the principal is the public and the agent is elected leaders.

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