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POLICIES: Government actions designed to affect economic activity and pursue one or more economic goals. Also called government or economic policies. The four common types of policies are: fiscal, monetary, regulatory, and judicial.

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CONSUMPTION TAX: A tax on consumer's spending for goods, services and the other stuff they buy. One sort of consumption tax is the sales tax. Some politicians and balding, bespectacled economists argue that the current income tax system should be replaced with a consumption tax. This means any income that's saved wouldn't be taxed. The idea behind a consumption tax is to encourage saving, which is then used for investment, which then promotes economic growth. Such a tax would be easily implemented (you get a deduction for saving on the current income tax form), but it would tend to be a regressive tax hitting the poor harder than the wealthy.

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LONG-RUN AGGREGATE MARKET

A macroeconomic model relating the price level and real production under the assumption that ALL prices are flexible. This is one of two aggregate market submodels used to analyze business cycles, gross production, unemployment, inflation, stabilization policies, and related macroeconomic phenomena. The other is the short-run aggregate market. The long-run aggregate market isolates the interaction between aggregate demand and long-run aggregate supply. The key assumption of this model is that ALL prices, especially resource prices, are flexible. The primary result of this model is that the economy achieves long-run equilibrium at full-employment real production.

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