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CHANGE IN QUANTITY SUPPLIED: The movement along a supply curve caused by a change in the price of the good. This should be contrasted directly with a change in supply. You might also want to review the terms change in quantity demanded and change in demand, as well. A change in quantity supplied means that we have identified a NEW quantity on the existing supply curve. In contrast, a change in supply means that we have changed, moved, or shifted, the entire supply curve, the whole range of prices and quantities has changed.

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NEED: This is often thought of as a physiological or biological requirement for maintaining life, such as the need for air, water, food, shelter, and sleep. Satisfaction is achieved by fulfilling needs. Physiological needs should be contrasted with psychological wants that make life more enjoyable but are not necessary to stay alive. However, when push comes to shove, and the nitty gets down to the gritty, it matters very little to markets if people need goods or want goods, so long as they are motivated to satisfy them. This motivation is what drives economic activity.

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STABILITY

Eliminating macroeconomic fluctuations in prices, employment, and production. Stability is primarily directed toward keeping inflation in check and avoiding high or unpredictable inflation rates that create uncertainty and cause haphazard redistribution of income and wealth. This is one of the five economic goals and one of three macroeconomic goals. The other goals are economic growth, full employment, efficiency, and equity.

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