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ACTIVIST POLICY: Government policies that involve explicit actions designed to achieve specific goals. A common type of activist policy is that designed to stabilize business cycles, reduce unemployment, and lower inflation, through government spending and taxes (fiscal policy) or the money supply (monetary policy). Activist policies are also term discretionary policies because they involve discretionary decisions by government. A contrast to activist policy is automatic stabilizers that help stabilize business cycles without explicit government actions.

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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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    NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

    A private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1920 that promotes research into, and an understanding of, the workings of the economy. In addition to a relative small in-house staff (a few dozen), the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) includes several hundred of the best and the brightest economic professors at major universities as NBER researchers. At last count, a dozen Nobel Prize winners have included the title of NBER researcher on their resumes. The NBER sponsors research on assorted topics, including the development of quantitative economic measures and the analysis of public policies.

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    Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, was the pseudonym of Charles Dodgson, an accomplished mathematician and economist.
    "Inside the ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong. "

    -- Muhammad Ali

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