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DEREGULATION: The reduction of government regulation of business, consumers, and market activity. The most noted period of deregulation occured during the 1970s and 1980s in response to criticisms that economic regulation inhibited rather than promoted competition. Key industries deregulated during this period were transportation, communications, and banking industries. Social regulations were also relaxed.

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DISCRETIONARY: A specific choice, act, or decision, often designed to achieve a particular goal. The term is commonly used in economics in reference to government policies, such as discretionary fiscal policy or discretionary monetary policy. In both examples, government undertakes explicit actions through changes in government spending, taxes, the money supply, or interest rates to stabilize the business cycle. Discretionary is also frequently used to modify income, spending, expenditures, or comparable terms to capture choices made over the use of income. Discretionary income, for example, is the amount of after-tax household income that can be used for either consumption spending or saving.

     See also | discretionary policy | stabilization policies | discretionary fiscal policy | fiscal policy | discretionary monetary policy | monetary policy | discretionary income | disposable income | consumption | saving |


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SLOPE, CONSUMPTION LINE

The positive slope of the consumption line is also termed the marginal propensity to consume (MPC). This slope is greater than zero but less than one, reflecting induced consumption and the Keynesian psychological law of consumer behavior that consumption increases by less than the increase in income. The slope of the consumption line provides the foundation for the slope of the aggregate expenditures line and thus also affects the magnitude of the multiplier process.

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