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ACTIVIST POLICY: Government policies that involve explicit actions designed to achieve specific goals. A common type of activist policy is that designed to stabilize business cycles, reduce unemployment, and lower inflation, through government spending and taxes (fiscal policy) or the money supply (monetary policy). Activist policies are also term discretionary policies because they involve discretionary decisions by government. A contrast to activist policy is automatic stabilizers that help stabilize business cycles without explicit government actions.

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INVOLUNTARY UNEMPLOYMENT: Unemployment that results when resources which are willing and able to engage in production are not because no one is buying the output they produce. From a macroeconomic perspective, involuntary unemployment results when aggregate demand is not sufficient to purchase all of the output produced by the resources. This is the primary problem of business-cycle contractions. The contrast to involuntary unemployment is voluntary unemployment.

     See also | unemployment | voluntary unemployment | business cycle | contraction | aggregate demand | cyclical unemployment | structural unemployment |


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NET EXPORTS LINE

A graphical depiction of the relation between net exports attributed to the foreign sector and the economy's aggregate level of income or production. This relation plays a minor, but growing role in the study of Keynesian economics. A net exports line is characterized by vertical intercept, which indicates autonomous net exports, and slope, which is the negative of the marginal propensity to import and indicates induced net exports. The aggregate expenditures line used in Keynesian economics is derived by adding or stacking the net exports line onto the consumption line, after adding investment expenditures and government purchases.

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