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AFC: The abbreviation for average fixed cost, which is fixed cost per unit of output, found by dividing total fixed cost by the quantity of output. Average fixed cost is one of three related cost averages. The other two are average variable cost and avarage total cost. Average fixed cost decreases with larger quantities of output. Because fixed cost is FIXED and does not change with the quantity of output, a given cost is spread more thinly per unit as quantity increases. A thousand dollars of fixed cost averages out to $10 per unit if only 100 units are produced. But if 10,000 units are produced, then the average shrinks to a mere 10 cents per unit.

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AGGREGATE DEMAND DECREASE, SHORT-RUN AGGREGATE MARKET:

A shock to the short-run aggregate market caused by a decrease in aggregate demand, resulting in and illustrated by a leftward shift of the aggregate demand curve. A decrease in aggregate demand in the short-run aggregate market results in a decrease in the price level and a decrease in real production. The level of real production resulting from the shock can be greater or less than full-employment real production.
While a wide range of specific aggregate demand determinants can cause a decrease in the four expenditures and thus a decrease in aggregate demand, the following rank among the more important:
  • A decrease in consumer confidence brought on by concerns that the economy might be headed for troubled times, which then prompt the household sector to spend a smaller proportion of disposable income on consumption.

  • Expectations of lower inflation rates in the near future that entices the household sector to decrease consumption expenditures in the present awaiting lower future prices.

  • A rise in interest rates associated with natural business-cycle activity or specifically induced by contractionary monetary policy from the Federal Reserve System that induces the household and business sectors to decrease consumption and investment expenditures.

  • Contractions in other nations that induce the foreign sector to decrease the purchase of domestic exports, thus decreasing net exports.

  • A decrease in purchases and/or an increase taxes by the federal government resulting from contractionary fiscal policy.

  • A decrease in state or local government purchases, and/or an increase in state or local taxes.
Demand Decrease
Short-Run Aggregate Market
Short-Run Aggregate Market
The short-run aggregate market presented in the graph to the right sets the stage for analyzing the effect of a decrease in aggregate demand resulting from a change in any aggregate demand determinant. The vertical axis measures the price level (GDP price deflator) and the horizontal axis measures real production (real GDP). The negatively-sloped curve, labeled AD, is the aggregate demand curve and the positively-sloped curve, labeled SRAS, is the short-run aggregate supply curve. The current short-run equilibrium, found at the intersection of the AD and SRAS curves, is a price level of 10 and real production of $100 billion.

Consider what happens to this short-run aggregate market with a decrease in aggregate demand. Suppose, for example, that after several years of business-cycle expansion, the household sector grows increasingly concerned that a contraction is on the horizon. Suspecting that contraction is about to begin, they spend less and save more, preparing for the troubled times ahead. This decline in consumer confidence prompts the household sector to decrease consumption expenditures. The result of this action is a leftward shift of the AD curve. Click the [AD Decrease] button to illustrate.

The result of this leftward AD curve shift is that a new short-run equilibrium is achieved at a lower price level (9) and a smaller amount of real production ($90 billion). This result is comparable to that for a standard market. A decrease in market demand results in a lower equilibrium price and a smaller equilibrium quantity. The key difference, of course, is that this "market" is the aggregate product market for the entire economy and not the market for a specific good.

A comparative static analysis of the original equilibrium and the new equilibrium is useful and important. However, it is also instructive to dissect the adjustment process.

  • First, the AD curve shifts leftward due to the decrease in consumption induced by a decline in consumer confidence. This decline in aggregate demand creates an imbalance in the aggregate market. At the existing price level (which has NOT yet changed), producers are willing and able to sell $100 billion worth of real production. Buyers, however, are now willing and able to purchase less, something like $80 billion worth of real production. This creates economy-wide product market surpluses.

  • Second, motivated by a build-up of inventories created by economy-wide product market surpluses, producers decrease production. In the short run they do so by reducing the employment of resources, especially labor. While resource prices do NOT decline enough to maintain full employment, the reduction in real production does lead to a decline in production cost which causes product prices and the price level to fall.

  • Third, with the falling price level, buyers are induced to increase aggregate expenditures. The combination of producers decreasing real production and buyers increasing aggregate expenditures act to reduce the existing economy-wide product market surpluses. In fact, as long as economy-wide product market surpluses persist producers decrease production, which causes the price level to fall, which increases aggregate expenditures. Eventually the falling real production and rising aggregate expenditures meet at the new short-run equilibrium price level of 9 and real production of $90 billion.

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