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ABSTRACTION METHODS: Abstraction is the process of simplifying the complexities of the real world by ignoring (hopefully) unimportant details, especially (for our purposes) while doing economic analysis. Three common methods of actual, real world abstraction used in economic theories are words, graphs, and equations. Words can be misunderstood. Graphs are a little more precise. And equations tend to be the most precise of the three.

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Lesson 18: Banking | Unit 5: The Economy Page: 23 of 24

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When banks are properly controlled they provide benefits, but when they get out of hand they can do a world of bad.

Problems:

  • When a bank fails to maintain adequate reserves, it runs the risk of starting a chain reaction that could cause economy-wide financial instability.

Instability:

  • Banking regulations have lessened, but not eliminated, banking instability problems.
  • Controlling instability is one challenge of monetary policy.

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FALLACY OF FALSE CAUSE

The logical fallacy of arguing that two events have a causal connection because they are correlated (that is, happen at about the same time). In other words, one event is erroneously assumed to cause the other. This fallacy is the nemesis of the ongoing scientific pursuit to discover the laws of cause and effect.

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Potato chips were invented in 1853 by a irritated chef repeatedly seeking to appease the hard to please Cornelius Vanderbilt who demanded french fried potatoes that were thinner and crisper than normal.
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