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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:23:20 +0000

 



Price Elasticity of Demand

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Article gives a common-sense and easy to understand explanation of what price elasticity of demand is and how to calculate the price elasticity of demand



Defining and Explaining Price Elasticity of...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Article gives a common-sense and easy to understand explanation of what price elasticity of supply is and how to calculate the price elasticity of supply.



Economics 101: Understand Cross-Price...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

The meaning of cross price elasticity of demand; the difference between CPEoD for substitute goods and complementary goods; calculating CPEoD.



The Circular-Flow Model of the Economy

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article describes the circular-flow model and explains how it shows the movement of money, goods and services, and factors of production in an economy.



Calculating the Income Elasticity of Demand

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Article reviews Price Elasticity of Demand, compares it with Income Elasticity of Demand. Both formulas express relationships between two variables.



The Short Run Versus The Long Run In Economics

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article discusses the economic distinction between the short run and the long run in economics and outlines a number of different interpretations of the terms.



What Do Economists Mean by the Short and Long...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Many an economics student has questioned the difference between the long run and the short run in economics. Learn about the short run vs long here.



10 Supply and Demand Practice Questions

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

10 practice supply and demand questions to help students study for tests.



All About Returns to Scale

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article gives an overview of how to identify increasing, decreasing, and constant returns to scale.



The Different Types of Unemployment

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article outlines the different types of unemployment and explains how each one can arise in an economy.



What Is the Government's Role in the Economy?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

this article gives a brief overview of the role that government plays in the economy.



Introduction to Elasticity

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article gives a conceptual introduction to the concept of elasticity.



Introduction to the Budget Constraint

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article introduces the concept of the budget constraint and describes some of its important features.



Using Calculus to Calculate Price Elasticity of...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article explains how to calculate the point version of price elasticity of demand using calculus.



Would 0% Unemployment Be a Good Thing?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

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What Is Econometrics?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article helps beginners start to understand what is studied in the field of economics known as econometrics.



The Use of Marginal Utility in Economics

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Marginal Utility is a concept introduced very early in microeconomics. But what exactly is marginal utility and how do we use it?



The Definition of Economics is Not as Simple as...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

What is economics? Is it the study of money? Is it the study of resources? We provide expert answers to this surprisingly complex question.



A Mixed Economy: The Role of the Market

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

A look at the mixed economy of the United States.



Why Can't the Government Just Print More Money?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

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The Production Function in Economics

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article introduces the economic production function and discusses a number of its features.



Introduction to the Coase Theorem

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article gives an overview and example of the Coase Theorem and discusses potential reasons why the theorem might not apply in practice.



How to Properly Answer the "What is Microeconom...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

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How Do Economists Define Supply?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Supply - what do economists mean when they use the term supply? A common sense discussion on the economic concept of supply.



Will the World Ever Run Out of Oil?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

For as long as I can remember, I've been hearing that the world oil supply will run out in a few decades. I remember quite vividly growing up in the early 1980's hearing that there wouldn't be any oil left by the time I learned how to drive. Fortunately the prediction of a depleted oil supply never came true.



Regulation and Control in the U.S. Economy

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

A look at the use of regulation and control in the U.S. economy.



The Growing Importance of Monetary Policy

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

A look at the importance of monetary policy to the United States economy.



Introduction to Eocnomic Externalities

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article introduces the concept of externalities, or market side effects, and explains how they can arise in a market.



Understand the Economics of Supply and Demand

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

The basics of Supply and Demand. Economics.



Helpful Tips to Ace that Econ Exam

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

How To Study For Your Economics Exam. Tips on how to study for your economics exam that is a few weeks away as well as tips on how to cram the night before, if necessary.



How Well Do You Know the Phases of the Business...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

A business cycle is defined by four distinct phases of fluctuation in economic indicators like real GDP. Discover these phases to learn about our economy.



What Is the Labor Force Participation Rate?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

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Calculating Gross Domestic Product Using Value...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article shows how to calculate Gross Domestic Product using the value added at each stage of production.



The Different Types of Money in an Economy

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article explains the different types of money than can arise in an economy.



How Do Economists Measure Unemployment?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article explains how economists define unemployment.



Introduction to Welfare Analysis

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article introduces the concept of welfare analysis that economists use to calculate how much value markets create for society.



Marginal Revenue and the Demand Curve

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article explains the relationship between the marginal revenue curve and the demand curve.



What's the Difference Between Nominal and Real...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Nominal vs. Real Question Answered: I'm learning economics and I keep hearing the terms nominal and real all the time to describe things like interes rates. What's the difference between nominal and real?



How Does Money Work?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Article for beginners answers the question: What Is Money? After reading the article, you will be able to give a quick and correct answer to the question 'What Is Money?'



Expansionary Monetary vs Contractionary...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

I'm having a little trouble trying to understand expansionary monetary policies and contractionary monetary policies. Can you help explain what impact expansionary monetary policies and contractionary monetary policies have on the economy?



Introduction to Marginal Analysis

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

A look at the use of marginal analysis in economics. An article for students new to economics.



Macroeconomics Student Resource Center

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Help for students having trouble with Macroeconomics. Macroeconomics tips and tricks are available. http://economics.about.com/cs/studentresources/a/macro_help.htm



The Demand Curve

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article introduces the demand curve and discusses a few of its features.



Positive Versus Normative Analysis in Economics

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article explains the role of economics in public policy and explains the difference between positive and normative analysis.



The Determinants of Demand

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article outlines all of the different factors than can affect economic demand for an item.



The Double Coincidence of Wants

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

The Double Coincidence of Wants Defined - A Dictionary Definition of The Double Coincidence of Wants



How Does the US Balance Government and Free...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

An examination of the U.S. government's role in the economy.



What Are Tariffs and How Do They Effect the...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

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Fiscal Policy in the 1960s and 1970s

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

An examination of American fiscal policy during the 1960s and the 1970s.



The Expenditure Categories of Gross Domestic...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article outlines the different expenditure categories that are added up to calculate Gross Domestic Product.



What Is International Economics?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Article for beginners answers the question: What Is International Economics?



What Is the Difference Between Slope and...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article explains the relationship between elasticity and the slopes of the demand and supply curves.



Are Credit Cards a Form of Money?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Are credit cards are a from of money? An interesting and unusual question about! Let's take a look at what is considered to be money and where credit cards fit in.



The Economy in the 1980s

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

An examination of the state of the American economy during the 1980s.



Calculating Economic Equlibrium

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article shows how to find economic equilibrium using algebra.



Why Do We Believe That a Piece of Paper --...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Understanding the value of money is essential to understanding economics generally. What gives money value? What could cause it to lose value?



What are Cost-Push Inflation and Demand-Pull...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

The general increase in the price for goods in an economy is called inflation. Here we take a closer look at cost-push inflation and demand-pull inflation.



Your Degree in Economics Qualifies You for Many...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Economics is actually many different fields. Underlying them are approaches that are valuable for achievement in business, government and private life.



Calculating and Understanding Real Interest Rates

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article explains what the real interest rate measures conceptually and shows how it is calculated.



Online Microeconomics Textbook

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

About.com's online Microeconomics Textbook helps students clarify microeconomic concepts they may be unclear about.



Would a Gasoline Tax Cause People to Buy Less...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

A brief overview of two meta-analyses of studies of the price elasticity of gasoline.



A Formal Concept in Economics Based on a Common...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

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What Is a Market?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Market Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Market



What Is Economics?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article describes what economics is and what economics isn't.



Economics - The Basic Assumptions

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article discusses the basic assumptions of any Economics 101 or 'Economics Principles' course.



Are Wars Good for the Economy?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

The standard argument goes as follows: Let's suppose that the economy is in the low end of the business cycle, so we're in a recession or just a period of low economic growth.



The Importance of Exclusion Restrictions in...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Instrumental variables are used to estimate causal relationships when a controlled study isn’t feasible. IV methods rely on proper exclusion restrictions.



The Arguments Against Free Trade

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article outlines the arguments that people make against free trade and explains the flaws in the reasoning of each of the arguments.



Need a Brilliant Idea for Your Econometrics...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Have an econometrics project, but don't know where to begin? Get all the information and data you need with these econometrics research topics and resources.



Government Involvement in the American Economy

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

An examination of the role governments have played in economic growth.



Supply and Demand Equilibrium

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article shows how supply and demand come together to determine prices and quantities in a market.



What Is a Free-Market Economy?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article provides a definition for a free-market economy and lists some resources for related reading and learning.



Practice Constructing an Indifference Curve

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Article examines how a student can construct an indifference curve.



What Is Inflation?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

An article on inflation for beginners which answers the question: What is Inflation?



Outline of the U.S. Economy

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

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Why Do Oil Prices and the Canadian Dollar Move...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Article answers the question:. Economics.



The Determinants of Supply

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article outlines the different factors that affect the supply of a good or service.



How Does the Value of the U.S. Dollar Impact...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Learn how the change in value of U.S. currency impacts Canadian businesses and shifts the direction of imports and exports.



How an Economy's Health Is Measured

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article outlines what Gross Domestic Product measures.



What Does the Demand for Money Factor of...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This question answers the questions: What is the demand for money? Does that change? The other three elements all make perfect sense to me but demand for money is confusing me to no end. Page 2.



Essential Economics Terms: What Is a Kuznets...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Economist Simon Kuznets once hypothesized that over the course of economic development, economic inequality first increases before it decreases.



5 Strategies Corporations Use to Raise Capital

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

An examination of how capital is raised by corporations.



What Are the Different Types of Taxes?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Economics. Page 3.



The Post War Economy: 1945-1960

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

An examination of the American economy after World War II.



Do You Know What the Three Types of Unemploymen...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

In the study of economics, there are three primary types of unemployment. Discover the different categories and how they reflect the health of the economy.



An Overview of Real Exchange Rates

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article gives an overview of what real exchange rates are and how they are used.



Marginal Revenue and Marginal Cost Practice...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

In this article we go through 5 questions on marginal revenues and marginal costs to illustrate how a student should answer these questions.



Globalization, Unemployment, and Recession Links

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Article examines the link between globalization and unemployment. Is there a link between globalization and the frequency of recessions?



Extreme Cases of Income Taxes' Effect on...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

What effect do income taxes have on economic growth? Will lower income tax rates lead to higher growth, or will they just line the pockets of the rich?



How Is the Concept "Quasiconcave" Useful in...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Utility functions are mathematical expressions of consumer preferences. These functions are quasiconcave, where concavity indicates consumer resistance.



Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics: What's the...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article explains the distinction between microeconomics and macroeconomics.



What You Need to Know About Monopolies and...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Article examines monopolies and companies in monopoly markets, and compares monopoly to oligopoly, monopolistic competition, and perfect competition.



What Is a Commodity?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

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Benefits and Costs of a Gold Standard

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

A look at what the gold standard was and how it differs from the fiat system of money today. A comparison of fiat money and the gold standard.



Introduction to Seigniorage

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article explains what seigniorage is as it relates to the creation of currency and discusses when it makes sense for a government to create physical currency.



A Beginner's Guide to Exchange Rates and the...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

An introduction to what exchange rates are and what causes them to change.



Analysis of a Subsidy

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

This article explains the effect that a subsidy has on market price and quantity as well as on the economic well-being of consumers, producers, and society overall.



Ace Your Econometrics Test

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

Econometrics is the most difficult course for Economics majors. These tips should help you triumph over your Econometrics test. If you can ace Econometrics, you can pass any Economics course.



The US Government's Changing Involvement With...

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

A look at the growth of government intervention in the American Economy.



What Does Free Trade Lead To?

2016-09-29T11:23:20Z

I have been thinking a great deal lately about the issue of free trade; specifically how greatly the views of economists and the general public differ. I believe both groups get it wrong in some ways: Economists get free trade wrong by using a definition of free trade that lacks practical application. The general public, however, gets in what they believe free trade will necessary lead to.