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ZONING: Legal restrictions on where different activities can locate within a city. Most cities regulate the location of industrial, commercial, and residential activities. The underlying motivation behind zoning is to keep less desirable, but perhaps more profitable, activities from encroaching upon residential areas.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 2: Doing Economics Page: 4 of 18

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The study of economics involves both scientific investigation and policy analysis.

Economists practice both:

  • Positive economics, which uses the scientific method to uncover the basic mechanism of the economy. It seeks to describe the way this world is ARE.
  • Normative economics, which is the policy side of economics. It seeks to prescribe the way the world SHOULD BE.

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LEGAL BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

The alternative ways in which a business or firm can be legally organized. The three primary alternatives are proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. Differences among three are mainly based on: (1) number of owners and (2) the liability of the owners. A proprietorship has a single owner with unlimited liability. A partnerships has two or more ownership with unlimited liability. The owners of a corporation have limited liability.

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The average bank teller loses about $250 every year.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. "

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