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

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The scientific method has four important parts:
  • Theory: A theory is a scientifically accepted, interrelated body of general principles used to explain and understand some aspect of the world.
  • Principles: A principle is a generally accepted, verified, fundamental laws of nature. Principles establish cause and effect relations about the real world.
  • Hypotheses: An hypothesis is a reasonable proposition about the workings of the world that is inspired or implied by a theory and which may or may not be true.
  • Data: These are observations about what is actually happening in the real world. Data are used to validate or verify hypotheses and are essential to the scientific method.

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AGGREGATE SUPPLY SHIFTS

Changes in the aggregate supply determinants shift both the short-run aggregate supply curve and the long-run aggregate supply curve. The mechanism is comparable to that for market supply determinants and market supply. There are two options--an increase in aggregate supply and a decrease in aggregate supply. An increase in resource quantity or quality or a decrease in resource price shifts one or both of the aggregate supply curves to right. A decrease in resource quantity or quality or an increase in resource price shifts one or both of the aggregate supply curves to left.

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