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LABOR FORCE: The total number of people willing and able to exert mental and/or physical efforts in productive activities. In principle, this is everyone 16 years of age and over who is willing and able to work. In practice, it includes the sum of anyone over 16 years who is employed or unemployed but actively seeking a job. The labor force is essentially a more technical term for the economy's labor supply.

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Lesson 16: Aggregate Shocks | Unit 4: Complex Shifts Page: 17 of 21

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The case of an increase in the SRAS curve. Let's start at long-run equilibrium, Po and Qf.
  • With a rightward shift of the SRAS curve, the aggregate market achieves short-run equilibrium at a lower price level and more real production.
  • The labor market imbalance causes wages and production cost to rise. The SRAS shifts leftward, returning to its original position. The price level and real production return to full employment levels.
From long run to long run, nothing changed. But before the long-run adjustment, we have more production at lower prices.

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MARGINAL UTILITY

The additional utility obtained from the consumption or use of an additional unit of a good. It is specified as the change in total utility divided by the change in quantity. Marginal utility indicates what each additional unit of a good is worth to a consumer and provides a theoretical basis for understanding market demand and the law of demand. Marginal utility generally declines with increased consumption of a good, a reflection of the law of diminishing marginal utility.

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