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REAL PURCHASING POWER: The ability to acquire wants-and-needs satisfying goods and services with income or money. The real purchasing power of income or money depends on the prices of the goods and services. If the price level, for example, doubles, then a given amount of money can purchase half as many goods and services.

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STAGFLATION: High inflation rates at the same time the economy has high unemployment rates. Throughout much of the economic history of the good old U. S. of A., we've seen a tradeoff between inflation and unemployment. During an expansion, inflation is usually higher and unemployment is lower. The opposite has tended to occur during a recession. In the 1970s, however, inflation worsened at the same time the economy dropped into a recession. This led economists not only to coin the term stagflation (stagnation + inflation), but also to reevaluate the existing explanation of how the economy works.

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SUBSTITUTE GOOD

In general, one of two (or more) goods that are related in an either/or fashion. In terms of demand, substitute goods are those that provide the same basic satisfaction of a want or need when consumed. In terms of supply, substitute goods are those that use the same resource for production in an exclusionary manner. A substitute good is one of two ways that goods are related. The other is a complement good.

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