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ABSOLUTE POVERTY: The amount of income a person or family needs to purchase an absolute amount of the basic necessities of life. These basic necessities are identified in terms of calories of food, BTUs of energy, square feet of living space, etc. The problem with the absolute poverty level is that there really are no absolutes when in comes to consuming goods. You can consume a given poverty level of calories eating relatively expensive steak, relatively inexpensive pasta, or garbage from a restaurant dumpster. The income needed to acquire each of these calorie "minimums" vary greatly. That's why some prefer relative poverty.

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MARGINAL PROPENSITY TO IMPORT: The proportion of each additional dollar of household income that is used for imports. Or alternatively, this is the change in imports due to a change in disposable income. Abbreviated MPI, the marginal propensity to import plays a minor role in modifying the aggregate expenditure line and the multiplier effect.

     See also | imports | consumption expenditures | disposable income | consumption line | Keynesian economics | multiplier | aggregate expenditures line | marginal propensity to consume | marginal propensity to save | marginal propensity to invest |


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STABLE EQUILIBRIUM

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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