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RESOURCE PRICES: One of the five supply determinants assumed constant when a supply curve is constructed, and that shift the supply curve when they change. The other four are technology, other prices, sellers' expectations, and number of sellers. Resource prices, the prices paid to use the factors of production (labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship) affect production cost and thus producers' ability to sell goods. In general, if sellers face higher resource prices, then they have less ABILITY to sell goods.

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TAX PROPORTIONALITY: The proportion of income paid in taxes at different levels of income. In some taxes the proportion of income paid in taxes increases with income in other cases it decreases. And in still other cases, it remains the same. The three basic types of taxes are proportional taxes, progressive taxes, and regressive taxes. Because almost everyone would like to pay fewer taxes (and presumably have others pay more), tax proportionality is a the center of political controversy. Higher incomes prefer regressive taxes and lower incomes prefer regressive taxes.

     See also | taxes | proportional tax | progressive tax | regressive tax | tax incidence | tax avoidance | tax evasion | public finance | income distribution |


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POLITICAL BUSINESS CYCLES

The notion that business cycles are caused by elected government leaders who manipulate the economy to achieve personal political goals, that is, to be re-elected and remain in office. The leaders stimulate the economy leading up to an election, creating a business-cycle expansion that ensures (they hope) re-election, they then induce a business-cycle contraction after the election to correct problems created by the pre-election stimulation. This explanation suggests that government is the source of business cycles are should not be allowed to implement discretionary stabilization policies.

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