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BABY BOOMER: A citizen of the good old U. S. of A. born between the years 1946 and 1960. These Boomers represent a relatively large segment of the population and outnumber any other group born during a similar period, such as those born from 1931 to 1945 or from 1961 to 1975. Over the years, they've tended to set the standard for consumption, production, and politics. They have had and will continue to have a big impact on the Social Security system. As labor, they've provided an amble pool of tax funds and thus sizable benefits to Social Security recipients during the 1980s and 1990s. When these Boomers retire in the 2020s and beyond, however, they will leave a big gap in the labor force and also demand a great deal from the Social Security system.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 1: Getting Started Page: 1 of 24

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Production possibilities is an analysis that shows how much of two goods that our economy can produce given existing resources and technology.

Production possibilities analysis is used to...

  • Answer the 'What?' question of allocation: To answer the "What?", what goods we want to produce depends on what goods the economy is able to produce.
  • Understand economic concepts: Some of the key terms we will analyze are opportunity cost, unemployment, full employment, investment, and growth.
  • Introduce graphical analysis techniques: This will be our first hands-on work with graphical analysis, a required part of economic study. Graphs, lines, and curves are a handy way of abstracting key relationships and principles from the real world.

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INFLATION RATE

The percentage change in the price level from one period to the next. The inflation rate is most commonly presented as an annual average, the percentage change in the average price level from one year to the next. The two most common price indexes used to measure the price level and the inflation rate are the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the GDP price deflator. The inflation rate is one of several key indicators of business-cycle instability and the overall health of the macroeconomy, with primary focus on tracking the goal of price stability.

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