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AGGREGATE EXPENDITURE EQUATION: An equation indicating that aggregate expenditures (AE) are the sum of consumption expenditures (C), investment expenditures (I), government purchases (G), and net exports (X-M), stated as: AE = C + I + G + (X-M). This equation surfaces in the Keynesian economic income-expenditure model in the form of the aggregate expenditures line. However, it's also central throughout the study of macroeconomics, including aggregate demand and the measurement of gross domestic product.

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ELASTIC: In general, if changes in variable A cause changes in variable B, then the relative change in B is greater than the relative change in A. In other words, small changes in variable A cause relatively larger changes in variable B. An elastic relationship between two variables is a very responsive, or stretchable, relationship. You should compare elastic with inelastic.

     See also | elasticity | inelastic | relatively elastic | relatively inelastic | perfectly elastic | unit elastic | perfectly inelastic | demand price | supply price | quantity demanded | quantity supplied | elastic demand | elastic supply |


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LONG RUN, MICROECONOMICS

In terms of the microeconomic analysis of production and supply, a period of time in which all inputs under the control of a firm used in the production process are variable. In the long run, labor and capital are variable inputs. The long-run analysis of production reveals the key role played by returns to scale. This is one of four production time periods used in the study of microeconomics. The other three are short run, very long run, and very short run (or market period). The long run is also a time period designation used in the macroeconomic analysis of economic growth and full employment.

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