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WIDGET: A fictitious good commonly used by economic instructors to demonstrate economic principles or undertake hypothetical analyses. For example, the analysis of short-run production for a firm might be demonstrated through the production of widgets. Alternatively, the law of demand might be illustrated with a table or curve comparing the price of widgets with the quantity demanded of widgets. If such a good exists, and there is no clear evidence that widgets have every existed, it is a small mechanical device, constructed of interlocking cogs, several knobs, and at least one handle. Widgets are most often used when thingamajigs and dohickies are unavailable.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 2: Doing Economics Page: 6 of 18

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  • The science of positive economics and the art of normative economics.
  • Macroeconomics, microeconomics and some specialized fields of economic study.
  • Six common logical fallacies to avoid: false cause, attacking the messenger, appealing to the masses, appealing to a false authority, composition, and division.

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AGGREGATE MARKET ANALYSIS

An investigation of macroeconomic phenomena, including unemployment, inflation, business cycles, and stabilization policies, using the aggregate market interaction between aggregate demand, short-run aggregate supply, and long-run aggregate supply. Aggregate market analysis, also termed AS-AD analysis, has been the primary method of macroeconomic analysis since replacing Keynesian economics in the 1980s. Like most economic analysis, aggregate market analysis employs comparative statics, the technique of comparing the equilibrium after a shock with the equilibrium before a shock.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time watching the shopping channel looking to buy either a flower arrangement for your aunt or a birthday greeting card for your uncle. Be on the lookout for door-to-door salesmen.
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