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YELLOW-DOG CONTRACT: An agreement signed by workers before they are hired, stipulating that they would not join a union after they are hired. This contract was commonly used by firms in the late 1800s and early 1900s to limit labor union membership and thus to prevent unions from exerting control over the labor market. Yellow-dog contracts were outlawed by the Norris-LaGuardia Act in 1932.

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In the long run all prices are flexible, which ensures that all markets are in equilibrium.
  • Prices rise to eliminate market shortages and fall to eliminate market surpluses, resulting in equilibrium.
  • Equilibrium in the labor market is particularly important:
    • In the long run, the labor market is characterized by both flexible prices and full employment.
    • The economy is operating on the boundary of the production possibilities curve.
  • The time it takes prices to adjust to correct market disequilibrium and get to the long run is critical to the study of macroeconomics and government policies.

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AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT PURCHASES

Government purchases by the government sector that do not depend on income or production (especially national income or gross domestic product). That is, changes in income do not generate changes in government purchases. Autonomous government purchases are best thought of as government purchases that the government sector undertake independent of income. They are measured by the intercept term of the government purchases line. The alternative to autonomous government purchases is induced government purchases, which do depend on income.

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