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MARGINAL PROPENSITY TO SAVE: The proportion of each additional dollar of household income that is used for saving. Or alternatively, this is the change in saving due to a change in disposable income. Abbreviated MPS, the marginal propensity to save is the slope of the saving or propensity-to-save line. It also takes center stage for the multiplier effect. In particular, the inverse of the MPS is the simple expenditure multiplier. The sum of the marginal propensity to save and the related concept, the marginal propensity to consume, is equal to one.

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MARKET SUPPLY: The total supply of every seller willing and able to sell a good. Market supply is found by combining the individual supplies of every firm or producer willing and able to sell a particular good. The market supply curve is found by horizontally adding all individual supply curves, that is, sum up the quantities supplied by all sellers at each and every price. Market supply operates according to the law of supply, as illustrated by a upward-sloping market supply curve. For higher prices the quantity supplied by all sellers in the market combined is greater than the quantity supplied for lower prices.

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AUTONOMOUS SAVING

Household saving that does not depend on income or production (especially disposable income, national income, or even gross domestic product). That is, changes in income do not generate changes in saving. Autonomous saving is best thought of as a baseline level of saving (usually negative) that the household sector undertakes in the unlikely event that income falls to zero. It is measured by the intercept term of the saving function or the saving line. The alternative to autonomous saving is induced saving, which does depend on income.

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