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CHANGE IN SUPPLY: A shift of the supply curve caused by a change in one of the supply determinants. In essence, a change in supply is caused by any factor affecting supply EXCEPT price. This concept should be contrasted directly with a change in quantity supplied. You should also review the terms change in quantity demanded and change in demand, too. A change in supply is a change in ALL supply price-quantity supplied pairs, meaning that each price is matched up with a different quantity (which is illustrated as a shift of the supply curve). And this change in supply is caused by a change in any of the supply determinants. In contrast, a change in quantity supplied is a change from one price-quantity pair to the another (which is illustrated as a movement along a given supply curve).

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THEORY: A scientifically verified, interrelated body of general principles, axioms, and assumptions that is used to explain and understand real world phenomena. Theories are the cornerstone of the scientific method. They generate the hypotheses that are verified against real world data, which is the day-to-day process of doing science. The construction and refinement of theories, accomplished through the hypothesis verification process, is also the basic goal of doing science.

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INDUCED CONSUMPTION

Household consumption expenditures that depend on income or production (especially disposable income, national income, or even gross domestic product). That is, changes in income induce changes in consumption. Induced consumption captures the fundamental psychological law put forth by John Maynard Keynes. It is measured by the marginal propensity to consume (MPC) and is reflected by the positive slope of consumption line. The alternative to induced consumption is autonomous consumption, which does not depend on income.

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