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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 2: Economic Science | Unit 2: Theory Page: 5 of 20

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Here are three notable aspects of scientific theories:
  • Universal: Theories are best if they apply to a wide variety of events. The scientific method is the process of identifying general principles that eliminate exceptions.
  • World View: Theories typically build upon a world view as part of their general body of principles.
    • Verified Principles. These are confirmed through the process of hypotheses testing.
    • Unverifiable Axioms. These are beliefs that are not directly testable against real world data. These are accepted on faith.
  • Political: The world view reflected in an economic theory is usually associated with a political philosophy.

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A market characterized by a small number of large buyers controlling the buying-side of a market. Oligopsony is the buying-side equivalent of a selling-side oligopoly. Much as a oligopoly is a market dominated by a few large sellers, oligopsony is a market dominated by a few large buyers. While oligopsony could be analyzed for any type of market it tends to be most relevant for factor markets in which a handful of firms control the buying of a factor. Two related buying side market structures are monopsony and monopsonistic competition.

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