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BALANCED-BUDGET AMENDMENT: A proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would constrain total government spending to be less than or equal to total tax collections. Such an amendment would effectively eliminate the federal deficit, which results when the spending exceeds taxes. The logic behind such an amendment is to prevent discretionary use of fiscal policy, which is often blamed for political business cycles and the resulting problems of inflation and unemployment. It is also touted as a way to limit the size of the Federal government.

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INTERCEPT, AGGREGATE EXPENDITURES LINE:

The intercept of the aggregate expenditures line indicates autonomous expenditures, aggregate expenditures that do not depend on the level of income or production. This can be thought of as aggregate expenditures that the four macroeconomic sectors (household, business, government, and foreign) undertake regardless of the state of the economy. Autonomous expenditures are affected by the aggregate expenditures determinants, which cause a change in the intercept and a shift of the aggregate expenditures line.
Aggregate Expenditures Line
Aggregate Expenditures Line
The aggregate expenditures line, which embodies the key Keynesian principle of effective demand, shows the relation between aggregate expenditures and the actual level of aggregate income or production in the domestic economy. The income and production measures commonly used are national income and gross domestic product.

The two basic types of expenditures--autonomous and induced--are indicated by the aggregate expenditures line.

A representative aggregate expenditures line is presented in the exhibit to the right. This red line, labeled AE in the exhibit, is positively sloped, indicating that greater levels of income generate greater aggregate expenditures by the four sector. This positive relation is primarily based on the Keynesian psychological law indicating that consumption expenditures are induced by household income. However, this positive slope is reinforced and augmented by induce investment, government purchases, and net exports.

The intercept of the aggregate expenditures line indicates the intersection point between the aggregate expenditures line and the vertical expenditures axis. The aggregate expenditures line intersects the vertical axis in this exhibit at a value of $5 trillion. Theoretically, this is a minimum "baseline" level of aggregate expenditures, the amount of investment undertaken if income and production fall to zero. This intersection indicates autonomous expenditures--aggregate expenditures unrelated to income. Click the [Intercept] button to illustrate.

Autonomous expenditures are aggregate expenditures by the household, business, government, and foreign sectors that are unrelated to and unaffected by the level of income or production. This is best indicated by a zero level of income. While individuals, business firms, government agencies, or foreign entities might occasionally come face-to-face with autonomous expenditures, as their own slice of aggregate income drops to zero, for the aggregate economy autonomous expenditures is mostly an unlikely theoretical extrapolation.

However, from an analytical perspective, the intercept of the aggregate expenditures line is affected by the aggregate expenditures determinants. These are ceteris paribus factors other than income and production that affect aggregate expenditures, but which are held constant when the aggregate expenditures line is constructed. A few of the more important determinants are interest rates, expectations, fiscal policy, and wealth. Any change in these determinants cause the aggregate expenditures line to shift, which necessarily means a new intercept and a new level of autonomous expenditures.

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