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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: Economics
  • Definition
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  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Doing Economics
  • Science and Policy
  • The Fields
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: The Economy
  • An Economy
  • A Mixed Economy: Markets and Government
  • A Mixed Economy: The Mix
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Economic Goals
  • Economic Goals
  • Tradeoffs
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Economic Policies
  • The Concept
  • Reasons
  • Problems
  • Unit 5 Summary
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    Economic Basics

    Being the very first lesson in this course, this provides an introduction and overview of economics. You'll come across a lot of basic concepts and terms. The full importance of these may not become apparent until later lessons, but they will be important. The five units making up this lesson set the stage for the further study of economics.

    • The first unit offers up a basic definition and provides two useful lists -- the three questions of allocation and the seven rules of economics.
    • The second unit then explores the practice of economics, including positive and normative economics, macroeconomics and microeconomics, and six common logical fallacies.
    • In the third unit, we turn our attention to the economy, especially how real world economies contain a mix of markets and governments.
    • We then examine the five basic goals of a mixed economy in the fourth unit, include the three macro goals of full employment, stability, and growth; and the two micro goals of efficiency and equity.
    • The fifth and final unit in this lesson considers assorted economic policies that governments use to achieve the five economic goals.

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    PRINCIPLE OF MINIMUM DIFFERENCES

    A principle stating that monopolistically competitive firms seek to maintain similarities between products at the same time they promote differences. Similarities enable substitutability, such that one firm can attract the buyers away from other firms. Differences enable uniqueness and market control, such that each firm has market control and is able to charge a higher price than achieved with perfect competition. This principle is also termed Hotelling's paradox.

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