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DISCRETIONARY FISCAL POLICY: Explicit changes in government purchases and/or taxes (fiscal policy) that are made with the expressed goal of stabilizing business cycles, reducing unemployment, and/or lowering inflation. While most fiscal policy studied in economics is discretionary, the contrast is with automatic stabilizers, changes in taxes and transfer payments the help stabilize business cycles without explicit government actions. Discretionary monetary policy is a similar type of policy.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 5: Issues Page: 25 of 25

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  • The importance of GDP as an indicator of addressing the scarcity problem and in the analysis of business cycle instability.
  • Deficiencies in measuring GDP: (1) it is only an indicator that requires interpretation and analysis, (2) it does not measure the distribution of production, and (3) it does not necessarily measure the satisfaction obtained from production.

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MARGINAL REVENUE CURVE, MONOPOLISTIC COMPETITION

A curve that graphically represents the relation between the marginal revenue received by a monopolistically competitive firm for selling its output and the quantity of output sold. Because a monopolistically competitive firm is a price maker and faces a negatively-sloped demand curve, its marginal revenue curve is also negatively sloped and lies below its average revenue (and demand) curve. A monopolistically competitive firm maximizes profit by producing the quantity of output found at the intersection of the marginal revenue curve and marginal cost curve.

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The Dow Jones family of stock market price indexes began with a simple average of 11 stock prices in 1884.
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