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POLICIES: Government actions designed to affect economic activity and pursue one or more economic goals. Also called government or economic policies. The four common types of policies are: fiscal, monetary, regulatory, and judicial.

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The study of economics involves both scientific investigation and policy analysis.

Economists practice both:

  • Positive economics, which uses the scientific method to uncover the basic mechanism of the economy. It seeks to describe the way this world is ARE.
  • Normative economics, which is the policy side of economics. It seeks to prescribe the way the world SHOULD BE.

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VALUE

The worth members of society place on a good, service, resource, commodity, or other asset, which is based on the direct or indirect satisfaction of wants and needs generated. In an economy that uses markets to exchange commodities, value is commonly indicated by price and measured by the economy's monetary unit.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time looking for the new strip mall out on the highway hoping to buy either a package of blank rewritable CDs or yellow cotton balls. Be on the lookout for small children selling products door-to-door.
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The 22.6% decline in stock prices on October 19, 1987 was larger than the infamous 12.8% decline on October 29, 1929.
"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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