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DISMAL SCIENCE: A term for the study of economics developed during the late 18th and early 19th century when economists concluded that continued population growth would push wages and living standards to a minimal subsistence level and keep them there. It persists to the present time because economics continue to point out that actions result in opportunity cost, that nothing is free, and that eventually society has to pay the price for what it does.

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Lesson 2: Economic Science | Unit 2: Theory Page: 7 of 20

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Three common economic theories:
  • Markets theory: It helps us understand how and why prices change, shortages and surpluses occur, and markets are monopolized.
  • Aggregate Markets theory: It uses principles and concepts developed in the theory of markets, but adapts them to the study macroeconomic things like inflation, unemployment, national production, and business cycles.
  • Keynesian theory: Named after it's creator John Maynard Keynes, it was developed to explain high rates of unemployment and other economic conditions that existed during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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AUTONOMOUS SAVING

Household saving that does not depend on income or production (especially disposable income, national income, or even gross domestic product). That is, changes in income do not generate changes in saving. Autonomous saving is best thought of as a baseline level of saving (usually negative) that the household sector undertakes in the unlikely event that income falls to zero. It is measured by the intercept term of the saving function or the saving line. The alternative to autonomous saving is induced saving, which does depend on income.

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