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INDIRECT: The mathematical notion that two variables change in the opposite directions, that is, an increase in X goes with a decrease in Y, or a decrease in X goes with an increase in Y. The alternative to an indirect relation is a direct relation, in which an increase in one variable goes with an increase in the other. Indirect relations are graphically illustrated by negatively-sloped curves, a common example being the demand curve.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 5: Policies Page: 17 of 18

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  • The use of government policies to pursue the five economic goals of a mixed economy.
  • The four government policies used to pursue economic goals: fiscal, monetary, regulatory, judicial.
  • The five reasons for government action: instability, public goods, limited competition, externalities, and inadequate information.
  • The four imperfections of government action: voter apathy, special interest groups, re-election minded politicians, and complex bureaucracies.

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SECOND RULE OF SUBJECTIVITY

The second of seven basic rules of the economy, stating that market prices are determined by subjective values and the preferences of buyers and resource owners. Contrary to popular opinion, prices and costs are not immutably facts of nature, but are ultimately based on what people are willing to pay or accept.

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In the late 1800s and early 1900s, almost 2 million children were employed as factory workers.
"It is very rare that you meet with obstacles in this world (that) the humblest man has not the faculties to surmount. "

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