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THE WEALTH OF NATIONS: Officially titled An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, this book written by Adam Smith and published in 1776, is considered to be the foundation for the modern study of economics. The Wealth of Nations was the first to combine assorted economic discourse and analyses into a single book. One of its most important themes is the efficiency of free trade and market exchanges unrestricted by government that leads to macroeconomic full employment and microeconomic efficiency.

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SHORTAGE: A condition in the market in which the quantity demanded is greater than the quantity supplied at the existing price. A shortage occasionally goes by the terms excess demand and sellers' market. A shortage causes an increase in the equilibrium price.

     See also | market | quantity demanded | quantity supplied | price | excess demand | sellers' market | surplus | disequilibrium | market disequilibrium |


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EXPANSIONARY MONETARY POLICY

A form of monetary policy in which an increase in the money supply and a reduction in interest rates are used to correct the problems of a business-cycle contraction. In theory, expansionary monetary policy can include buying U.S. Treasury securities through open market operations, a decrease in the discount rate, and a decrease in reserve requirements. In theory, open market operations are the primary tool of expansionary monetary policy. Expansionary monetary policy is often supported by expansionary fiscal policy. An alternative is contractionary monetary policy.

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