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ZERO SLOPE: A horizontal line in which the numerical value of the slope, calculated as the change in the variable on the vertical axis divided by a change in the variable on the horizontal axis, is zero. In other words, the Y-axis variable is fixed, or constant, for any and all values of the X-axis variable.

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TIGHT MONEY: A term used when the Federal Reserve System pursues contractionary monetary policy. In other words, to contract our economy out of an inflationary expansion, the Fed decreases the amount of money in the economy or makes it "tighter" for people to get money (usually through bank loans).

     See also | money | monetary policy | Federal Reserve System | open market operations | government securities | bank | bank reserves | discount rate | reserve requirements | easy money | contractionary monetary policy |


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MARGINAL PROPENSITY TO INVEST

The change in business investment expenditures induced by a change in income or production (national income or gross domestic product). The marginal propensity to invest (abbreviated MPI) is another term for the slope of the investment line and is calculated as the change in investment divided by the change in income or production. The MPI plays a role in Keynesian economics. It augments the slope of the aggregate expenditures line and is part to the multiplier process. A related marginal measure is the marginal propensity to consume.

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