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Published: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:48:50 +0000

 



Price Elasticity of Demand

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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...

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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.



The Circular-Flow Model of the Economy

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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.



Economics 101: Understand Cross-Price...

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



All About Returns to Scale

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



What Is Econometrics?

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



The Different Types of Unemployment

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



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

2017-02-24T11:48:50Z

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



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

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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.



The Short Run Versus The Long Run In Economics

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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.



The Production Function in Economics

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



Calculating the Income Elasticity of Demand

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



Introduction to the Coase Theorem

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



What Is the Government's Role in the Economy?

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



Using Calculus to Calculate Price Elasticity of...

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



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

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Would 0% Unemployment Be a Good Thing?

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Introduction to Eocnomic Externalities

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



A Mixed Economy: The Role of the Market

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A look at the mixed economy of the United States.



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

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



Introduction to the Budget Constraint

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



How Do Economists Measure Unemployment?

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This article explains how economists define unemployment.



Introduction to Elasticity

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



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

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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?



What is the Indirect Utility Function?

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Indirect Utility Function Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Indirect Utility Function



Your Degree in Economics Qualifies You for Many...

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



10 Supply and Demand Practice Questions

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



Expansionary Monetary vs Contractionary...

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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?



What Is the Labor Force Participation Rate?

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Fiscal Policy in the 1960s and 1970s

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



Why Can't the Government Just Print More Money?

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How Does Money Work?

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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?'



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

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An Overview of Real Exchange Rates

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



The Economy in the 1980s

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



Calculating and Understanding Real Interest Rates

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



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

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The Different Types of Money in an Economy

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



The Growing Importance of Monetary Policy

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



The Use of Marginal Utility in Economics

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



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

2017-02-24T11:48:50Z

This article explains the distinction between microeconomics and macroeconomics.



Marginal Revenue and the Demand Curve

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



Helpful Tips to Ace that Econ Exam

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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.



Regulation and Control in the U.S. Economy

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



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

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



Most US Economists Favor Tariffs Over Quotas; A...

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A survey of reasons why tariffs are often preferred to import quotas, among them government revenue. Why quotas may not work. The free market view.



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

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



The Importance of Exclusion Restrictions in...

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



The Economics of Demand - Concept Overview

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



What Capital Deepening Means and How It Works

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How Are Stock-Market Prices Determined?

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This article provides an examination of how stock prices are determined.



Essential Economics Terms: What Is a Kuznets...

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



An Introduction to the Concept of Elasticity in...

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This beginner's guide to elasticity explains the meaning of the economic concept and demonstrates with a couple of examples why it is important.



The Expenditure Categories of Gross Domestic...

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



Understand the Economics of Supply and Demand

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The basics of Supply and Demand. Economics.



The Definition and Relevance of Panel Data in...

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Panel data is data that is derived from a number of observations over time on a number of cross-sectional units. Learn about panel data in economics.



How Do Economists Define Supply?

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



The Post War Economy: 1945-1960

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An examination of the American economy after World War II.



What Is International Economics?

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



The Double Coincidence of Wants

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



Introduction to Welfare Analysis

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



Definition of OLS / Ordinary Least Squares

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OLS / Ordinary Least Squares Defined - A Dictionary Definition of OLS / Ordinary Least Squares



Will the World Ever Run Out of Oil?

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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.



Macroeconomics Student Resource Center

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



What White Noise Sounds Like Tells You What it...

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White noise is a random distribution of sound or of any other phenomenon. To qualify as real white noise, each event must be uncorrelated with others.



What Is a Free-Market Economy?

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



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

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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.



What Does the Demand for Money Factor of...

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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.



Need a Brilliant Idea for Your Econometrics...

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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.



Are Credit Cards a Form of Money?

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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.



Government Involvement in the American Economy

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



Supply and Demand Equilibrium

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



What Is a Monopsony?

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Monopsony Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Monopsony



How Does the US Balance Government and Free...

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



5 Strategies Corporations Use to Raise Capital

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An examination of how capital is raised by corporations.



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

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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.



What Is a Discount Factor?

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This article gives the general definition of a discount factor, shows how it is used in economics, and provides a few resources for further reading.



How an Economy's Health Is Measured

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This article outlines what Gross Domestic Product measures.



Positive Versus Normative Analysis in Economics

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



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

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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.



Trade Under the Clinton Administration

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An examination of American trade during the Clinton years.



Calculating Gross Domestic Product Using Value...

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



The US Government's Changing Involvement With...

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



Current U.S. Trade Agenda

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An examination of the American international trade agenda.



Calculating Economic Equlibrium

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This article shows how to find economic equilibrium using algebra.



The Arguments Against Free Trade

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



What Is Economics?

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



Online Microeconomics Textbook

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



Economics - The Basic Assumptions

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



What Is a Market?

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Market Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Market



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

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



Economics - The A to Z List

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Want to know the meaning of an economics term? Look no further than here!



How Much Is the Per Capita Money Supply in the...

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What Is the Difference Between Slope and...

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



Globalization, Unemployment, and Recession Links

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



What Is Inflation?

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



Does Pure Capitalism Exist in the United States?

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An examination of the capitalist economy of the United States.



What Are the Different Types of Taxes?

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Economics. Page 3.



What Is a Commodity?

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Benefits and Costs of a Gold Standard

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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.