Aggregate Demand and Supply Model
Economics (Year 12)
Cost-Push Inflation (Decrease in Aggregate Supply)
Cost-push inflation is where the aggregate supply of an economy has decreased shown from the movement in the aggregate supply curve from AS1 to AS2.
Sources of a decrease in aggregate supply could be from:
Lower productivity levels
Rise in anti-competitive behaviour (eg formation of cartels or price-fixing) - Protectionist measures will increase the cost of inputs
Increase in wages (eg from a higher minimum wage or inefficient labour economic policies) - Inefficient investment in infrastructure causing bottlenecks and shortages
Higher levels of tax and complexity of taxation - which could increase the cost of production and lower future investment
This position is not ideal in the economy as it results in:
Higher price levels - conflicts with the objective of price stability
Lower economic growth - conflicts with the objective of sustainable economic growth
Higher cyclical unemployment (from lower economic growth) - conflicts with the objective of full employment.
In addition, Government policy options are also limited:
RBA could increase cash rate to reduce inflationary pressure but this will lower real GDP further
The government could impose a larger deficit to increase economic growth but this will also stimulate further increases in the price level
An appropriate Government policy response would be to increase aggregate supply through microeconomic reform and promoting productivity. (More details in productivity section)
Increase in Aggregate Supply
An increase in aggregate supply is ideal for the economy. Sources for an increase in aggregate supply could be from:
Lower wage costs (lower minimum wage or more flexible wage arrangements)
Increased market efficiency (from market reform such as privatization)
Increased and more efficient infrastructure
Simple and low taxation rates
An increase in aggregate supply from AS1 to AS2 is beneficial towards an economy as it:
Reduces price levels from P1 to P2 - meeting the objective of price stability
Increases economic growth - meeting the objective of sustainable economic growth
Lowers unemployment - meeting the objective of full employment
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