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RENT SEEKING: The inclination of everyone who is alive and breathing to get as much as they can for themselves. These stems from the idea of economic rent, which is a payment over above the opportunity cost. People are said to be rent seeking when they try to get higher wages, more profit, or any other payment over above the minimum they would be willing to accept.

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Lesson 17: Money | Unit 1: Money Basics Page: 3 of 25

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  • The basic definition of money, which is anything that is generally accepted in exchange for goods and services.
  • That money is something that can be readily traded for valuable assets.
  • That money is THE medium through which market exchanges travel.
  • The two types of value:
    1. Value in use which means an item provides satisfaction of wants and needs.
    2. Value in exchange which means an item does not provide satisfaction directly but can be traded for something that does.
  • That money is an economic lubricant and that much money prompts inflationary expansion and too little entices recessionary unemployment.

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AGGREGATE MARKET SHOCKS

Disruptions of the equilibrium in the aggregate market (or AS-AD model) caused by shifts of the aggregate demand, short-run aggregate supply, or long-run aggregate supply curves. Shocks of the aggregate market are associated with, and thus used to analyze, assorted macroeconomic phenomena such as business cycles, unemployment, inflation, stabilization policies, and economic growth. The specific analysis of aggregate market shocks identifies changes in the price level (GDP price deflator) and real production (real GDP). Changes in the price level and real production have direct implications for the unemployment rate, the inflation rate, national income, and a host of other macroeconomic measures.

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In his older years, Andrew Carnegie seldom carried money because he was offended by its sight and touch.
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