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NEAR MONEY: Assets that are highly liquid, and can be easily exchanged for money, but can not be used directly to purchase goods. The best examples are savings accounts, certificates of deposit, and similar bank accounts. These savings near monies are added to M1 to derived M2. Several investment type near monies are added to M2 to derived M3.

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Lesson 2: Economic Science | Unit 3: Verification Page: 9 of 20

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An hypothesis is a possible, even probable, scientific relationship. An hypotheses is a candidate to become a principle. Hypothesis must be tested before becoming principles.
  • A possible hypothesis: The distance between a passing car and a jogger depends on the driver's political philosophy.
  • Alternative hypotheses can also explain differences in distance between jogger and passing car.
An hypothesis that seems reasonable is not necessarily right. It must be verified with real world data.
  • The scientific method does not accept an explanation at face value. It needs to prove an explanation is correct.
  • Scientists check to see if a reasonable explanation is consistent with the data. The scientific process is all about verifying hypotheses.
  • To test our hypothesis, ask people about passing distance and political affiliation.
  • While subjective data, based on asking people, can be useful, objective methods of data collection are usually preferred. Let's use lasers.
  • Government is a fruitful source of objective data.

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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

The process of investigating economic phenomena in a systematic manner. In one sense, this is the heart and soul of the economic discipline. While economists spend an ample time identifying economic concepts, the end result of this discovery process is usually aimed at combining these concepts in such a way as to evaluate or analyze alternative consequences.

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