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ACCUMULATION: The process of acquiring an item and adding that item to others previously acquired. In an economic context this most often refers to the accumulation of capital, as in the phrase "capital accumulation." However, it is also used in the context of consumer durable goods, financial assets, money, wealth, and a host of other "stock" variables. When applied to capital, the process of accumulation occurs through investment.

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Lesson 2: Economic Science | Unit 5: Cause and Effect Page: 18 of 20

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  • Suppose we suspect an apparent correlation between jogging shoe sales and advertising expenditures. Does advertising cause greater shoe production and sales.
Series of events:
  1. Shoe companies increase advertising,
  2. Buyers realize that they want or need more shoes,
  3. Buyers buy more jogging shoes,
  4. Stores sell shoes and order more,
  5. Manufactures respond by making more jogging shoes,
  6. Jogging shoe sales and production are greater.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE

The scientific study of society--of human behavior and of social interactions. Economics is one of several social sciences. Others are sociology, political science, and anthropology. Economics is considered a social science because it seeks to explain how society deals with the scarcity problem.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time strolling around a discount warehouse buying club hoping to buy either an AC adapter for your CD player or storage boxes for your family photos. Be on the lookout for the last item on a shelf.
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Okun's Law posits that the unemployment rate increases by 1% for every 2% gap between real GDP and full-employment real GDP.
"Do what you feel in your heart to be right for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do and damned if you don't. "

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