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POSITIVE RELATION: A relation, either a principle or hypothesis, in which an increase one variable is associated with an increase in the other variable. A positive, or direct, relation is most commonly illustrated by an upward sloping line. It can also be represented by an equation in which the slope value is positive.

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DIVISION OF LABOR: A basic economic notion that labor resources are used more efficiently if work tasks are divided among different workers. This allows workers to specialize in production as each becomes highly skilled at specific tasks. Efficiency achieved through specialization and the division of labor was popularized by Adam Smith in his classic work, The Wealth of Nations. This division-of-labor notion is one of those concepts that is so fundamental to the economy that its importance is occasionally overlooked in the real world. It is, for example, essential to foreign trade. Without the division of labor the comfortable standard of living currently provided by our exceeding complex economic system would not be possible.

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KEYNESIAN EQUILIBRIUM

The state of macroeconomic equilibrium identified by the Keynesian model when the opposing forces of aggregate expenditures equal aggregate production achieve a balance with no inherent tendency for change. Once achieved, a Keynesian equilibrium persists unless or until it is disrupted by an outside force, especially changes in autonomous expenditures.

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