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SEASONAL UNEMPLOYMENT: Unemployment is caused by relatively regular and predictable declines in particular industries or occupations over the course of a year, often corresponding with the seasons. Unlike cyclical unemployment, that could occur at any time, seasonal unemployment is an essential part of many jobs. For example, your regular, run-of-the-mill, department store Santa Clause can count on 11 months of unemployment each year. Seasonal unemployment is one of four unemployment sources. The other three are cyclical unemployment, frictional unemployment, and structural unemployment.

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Lesson 12: Business Cycles | Unit 4: Causes Page: 21 of 26

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Here's how the political business cycle would work:
  • First: Elected leaders start promoting an expansion 2 to 3 years before an election.
  • Second: One means of inducing an expansion is fiscal policy, with lower taxes and more spending.
  • Third: The economy expands, voters are happy, leaders are re-elected. But the expansion causes problems, such as inflation or budget deficits.
  • Fourth: These problems are solved with a contraction after the election, which ends in time for the next pre-election expansion.
  • Fifth: With major elections every 4 years, many leaders have a vested interest making this happen.

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The combination of households and businesses into a single group. It is termed the private sector to indicate that decisions are made by private individuals (either consumers or producers) in pursuit of their personal self-interests. The contrasting phrase is public sector, in which decisions are made by governments on behalf of the public.

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Parker Brothers, the folks who produce the Monopoly board game, prints more Monopoly money each year than real currency printed by the U.S. government.
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