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UTIL: An hypothetical, as in totally fabricated, unit of measurement for utility that's used by economists to present hypothetical information about utility and consumer demand theory. Economists are fond of making up hypothetical stuff, especially if it drives home an important economic notion. In this case, the term "util" (also frequently used in plural as "utils") is a convenient way to discuss utility and the satisfaction of wants and needs that consumers obtain from consuming or using a good.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 2: Looking Behind GDP Page: 7 of 25

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Slice A includes market transactions that are NOT economic production, and are excluded from GDP.

Two activities in slice A:

  • Future production. Intermediate goods will become part of GDP in the future when production is finished. To avoid double counting, we exclude these market transactions.
  • Past production. Used items (cars, houses) produced before the start of our current time period. Because they are not current production and were included in GDP in a previous year, they are excluded from GDP

Slice A is excluded from GDP.


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INDETERMINANT

The directional change in a variable, resulting from the disruption of an equilibrium that is identified using comparative statics, is not known. This term is commonly used to indicate that the change in either price or quantity is unknown when the market experiences simultaneous shifts in both the demand and supply curves. For example, an increase in both demand and supply definitely cause an increase in the quantity exchanged. But whether the market price increases or decreases is indeterminant.

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