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DEFLATION: An extended decline in the average level of prices. This is the exact opposite of inflation--in which prices are rising over an extended period, and it should be contrasted with disinflation--which is a decline in the inflation rate. Like inflation, deflation occurs when the AVERAGE price level decreases over time. While some prices might decrease, other prices could increase or remain unchanged, so long as the AVERAGE follows a downward trend. Deflation is a rare bird indeed in our economy and typically happens only when we're in a prolonged period of stagnation. We might see some deflation during a fairly lengthy recession, but more than likely deflation saves itself for the occasional depression that dots our economic landscape.

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SUPPLY-SIDE POLICIES: Government policies designed to stabilize the economy by changing aggregate supply. Some noted supply-management policies are deregulation, education, technology, and investment incentive; all designed to improve the productive capabilities of the economy's resources.

     See also | stabilization policies | aggregate supply | business cycles | supply-side economics | investment | deregulation | technology | education |


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SUPPLY

The willingness and ability to sell a range of quantities of a good at a range of prices, during a given time period. Supply is one half of the market exchange process--the other is demand. This supply side of the market draws inspiration from the limited resources dimension of the scarcity problem.

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