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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS: The head of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve System. This is the guy in charge of monetary policy and is considered to be one of the two or three most powerful people in terms of the national and global economy. The Chairman is one of the seven members of the Board and serves as Chairman for a five-year term. The Fed Chairman also serves as Chairman of the powerful Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed Committee that sets the course of monetary policy.

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Lesson 2: Economic Science | Unit 1: The Method Page: 1 of 20

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Economics is part of the general process of inquiry, scientific inquiry, in to the workings of our world.

A definition:

  • The scientific method is a structured way of investigating and explaining the operation of the world by testing and verifying hypothesized relationships.
Key points about the scientific method:
  • Explanation: The scientific method seeks to explain the mechanisms of the world, how things work. Science seeks to identify the basic laws of nature that govern the world. Economic science seeks to explain how the economic world works, to identify the economic laws of nature.
  • Process: The scientific method is a process, a way of explaining, not a subject. The scientific method is also applied to society and human behavior. Economics is a social science, the scientific study of society.

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MARGINAL FACTOR COST

The change in total factor cost resulting from a change in the quantity of factor input employed by a firm. Marginal factor cost, abbreviated MFC, indicates how total factor cost changes with the employment of one more input. It is found by dividing the change in total factor cost by the change in the quantity of input used. Marginal factor cost is compared with marginal revenue product to identify the profit-maximizing quantity of input to hire.

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