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SCAB: Someone who starts working or continues to work for a firm while a labor union is engaged in a strike of the firm. Scab is common term used by union members for the more polite name strikebreaker. Striking union members are more inclined to use even more derogatory terms. Such workers are used by employers to force union members to stop their strike and return to work. While strikers don't like it, labor laws guarantee that nonstriking workers can cross the picket line and go to work.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 4: Causes Page: 20 of 26

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Re-election seeking politicians is a second explanation for business cycles. Four propositions lay the foundation:
  • An elected leader remains an elected leader only if re-elected.
  • Government can influence economic activity through stabilization policies. Fiscal policy, lower taxes and more spending, can trigger an expansion. The opposite can cause a contraction.
  • Voters re-elect current leader during good times and elect new leaders during bad times. They vote their pocketbooks.
  • Elected leaders know how this process works and give us the recipe for a politically induced business cycles.

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GAME THEORY

An analysis that illustrates how the choices between two players affect the outcomes of a "game." Game theory is commonly used to explain the behavior and decision making of oligopolistic firms. It illustrates that cooperation, rather competition, between two "players" can lead to an outcome that is more beneficial to both players.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time at a going out of business sale looking to buy either a T-shirt commemorating the first day of spring or a coffee cup commemorating last Friday (you know why). Be on the lookout for door-to-door salesmen.
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Cyrus McCormick not only invented the reaper for harvesting grain, he also invented the installment payment for selling his reaper.
"It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself. "

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat, activist

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