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5 Matching questions

  1. immediate-short-run, short-run, long-run
  2. simultaneous
  3. real-balances effect
  4. aggregate demand
  5. foreign purchases effect
  1. a Because the short-run aggregate supply curve is the only version of aggregate supply that can handle BLANK changes in the price level and real output, it serves well as the core aggregate supply curve for analyzing the business cycle and economic policy.
  2. b The inverse relationship between the net exports of an economy and its price level relative to foreign price levels.
  3. c The BLANK-BLANK-BLANK aggregate supply curve assumes that both input prices and output prices are fixed. With output prices fixed, the aggregate supply curve is a horizontal line at the current price level. The BLANK-BLANK aggregate supply curve assumes nominal wages and other input prices remain fixed while output prices vary. The aggregate supply curve is generally upsloping because per-unit production costs, and hence the prices that firms must receive, rise as real output expands. The aggregate supply curve is relatively steep to the right of the full-employment output level and relatively flat to the left of it. The BLANK-BLANK aggregate supply curve assumes that nominal wages and other input prices fully match any change in the price level. The curve is vertical at the full-employment output level.
  4. d A schedule or curve that shows the total quantity of goods and services demanded (purchased) at different price levels.
  5. e The tendency for increases in the price level to lower the real value (or purchasing power) of financial assets with fixed money value and, as a result, to reduce total spending and real output, and conversely for decreases in the price level.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. An aggregate supply curve for which real output, but not the price level, changes when the aggregate demand curves shifts; a horizontal aggregate supply curve that implies an inflexible price level.
  2. The tendency for increases in the price level to increase the demand for money, raise interest rates, and, as a result, reduce total spending and real output in the economy (and the reverse for price-level decreases).
  3. The aggregate supply curve associated with a time period in which input prices (especially nominal wages) are fully responsive to changes in the price level.
  4. The BLANK BLANK curve shows the levels of real output that businesses will produce at various possible price levels. The slope of the aggregate supply curve depends upon the BLANKITY of input and output prices. Since these vary over time, aggregate supply curves are categorized into three time horizons, each having different underlying assumptions about the flexibility of input and output prices.
  5. The determinants of aggregate demand consist of spending by domestic BLANKS, by businesses, by BLANK, and by foreign buyers. The extent of the shift is determined by the size of the initial change in spending and the strength of the economy's BLANK.

5 True/False questions

  1. downslopingThe aggregate demand curve is BLANKING because of the real-balances effect, the interest-rate effect, and the foreign purchases effect. The real-balances effect indicates that inflation reduces the real value or purchasing power of fixed-value financial assets held by households, causing cutbacks in consumer spending. The interest-rate effect means that, with a specific supply of money, a higher price level increases the demand for money, thereby raising the interest rate and reducing investment purchases. The foreign purchases effect suggests that an increase in one country's price level relative to the price levels in other countries reduces the net export component of that nation's aggregate demand.


  2. menu costsThe reluctance of firms to cut prices during recessions (that they think will be short-lived) because of the costs of altering and communicating their price reductions; named after the cost associated with printing new menus at restaurants.


  3. aggregate demandRightward shifts of the BLANK BLANK curve, caused by large improvements in productivity, help explain the simultaneous achievement of full employment, economic growth, and price stability that occurred in the United States between 1996 and 2000. The recession of 2001, however, ended the expansionary phase of the business cycle. Expansion resumed in the 2002-2007 period, before giving way to the severe recession of 2007-2009.


  4. cost-pushLeftward shifts of the aggregate supply curve reflect increases in per-unit production costs and cause BLANK-BLANK inflation, with accompanying negative GDP gaps.


  5. aggregate supplyA schedule or curve showing the total quantity of goods and services supplied (produced) at different price levels.


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