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SAVING LINE: A graphical depiction of the relation between household saving and household disposable income. The slope of this line is positive, greater than zero, less than one, and goes by the name marginal propensity to save. The vertical intercept of the saving line is autonomous saving. The saving and investment, or leakage and injection, analysis used in Keynesian economics begins with the saving line. Because consumption is the difference between disposable income and saving, the consumption line is a complementary relation to the saving line.

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FIXED INPUT: An input in the production of goods and services that does not change in the short run. A fixed input should be compared with a variable input, an input that DOES change in the short run. Fixed and variable inputs are most important for the analysis of short-run production by a firm. The best example of a fixed input is the factory, building, equipment, or other capital used in production. The comparable example of a variable input would then be the labor or workers who work in the factory or operate the equipment. In the short run (such as a day or so) a firm can vary the quantity of labor, but the quantity of capital is fixed.

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UNCERTAINTY

The observation and recognition that information, especially information about the future, is not known. While any number of events might occur in the future, uncertainty exists because which specific events will occur is unknown. A related concept is risk, which is assigning probabilities to potential future outcomes. Uncertainty is a central component in the economic study of information.

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