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S-I MODEL: A model used to identify equilibrium in Keynesian economics based on injections (investment, I) and leakages (saving, S) for the two basic sectors (household and business). Equilibrium is achieved at the intersection of the saving line, S, and the investment line, I.

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Lesson 2: Economic Science | Unit 2: Theory Page: 6 of 20

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Economic theories are abstractions of the real world.

Three ways to abstract:
  • Words. The earliest human method of abstraction was to represent objects with words. Words also represent ideas. But words can have different meanings.
  • Graphs. Pictures, especially graphical pictures. Many economic theories are abstractly represented with graphs. A picture or graph can be less confusing that words.
  • Equations. Graphs are two-dimensional pictures of mathematical equations. Economic theories are often abstractly represented by equations. Equations can represent relationships between three or more things, like that for X, Y and Z:
Y = 3 + 2X - 4Z

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TOTAL FACTOR COST CURVE, PERFECT COMPETITION

A curve that graphically represents the relation between total factor cost incurred by a perfectly competitive firm when using a given factor of production to produce a good or service. The total factor cost curve is most important in factor market analysis for the derivation of the marginal factor cost curve.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time touring the new suburban shopping complex looking to buy either a set of serrated steak knives, with durable plastic handles or a pair of blue silicon oven mitts. Be on the lookout for the happiest person in the room.
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Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, was the pseudonym of Charles Dodgson, an accomplished mathematician and economist.
"Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment."

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