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N. Gregory Mankiw
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N. Gregory Mankiw
ISBN: 9781337091985
Textbook Problem

In 1939, with the U.S. economy not yet fully recovered from the Great Depression, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would fall a week earlier than usual so that the shopping period before Christmas would be longer. Explain what President Roosevelt might have been trying to achieve, using the model of aggregate demand and aggregate supply.

To determine

The impact of depression on post-depression economy.

Explanation

The supply depends on the price level in the economy. When the price level is higher, the suppliers will be receiving higher income and this would incentivize them to increase the supply in the economy and vice versa. The aggregation of the supply curves of all the firms in the economy is known as the aggregate supply curve. In the short run period, the aggregate supply curve represents the relationship between the price level and the supply by the firms in the economy. The demand comes from all the economic agents such as the households, firms as well as the government. The demand depends on the price level of the economy. The increase and decrease in the price level determines the level of demand in the economy. The aggregation of all the individual demands in the economy is known as the aggregate demand thus, the aggregate demand explains the relationship between the general price level and the level of real GDP demanded in the economy by the economic agents such as the households, firms and the government.

The equilibrium is a condition where the aggregate demand curve of the economy intersects with the aggregate supply curve of the economy. Then there will be an equilibrium point derived where the economy will be in its equilibrium without any excess demand or supply. The quantity on the X axis will represent the equilibrium quantity of the economy and the corresponding price on the Y axis represents the equilibrium price in the economy...

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