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GOVERNMENT: A political body exercising control and authority over a group of individuals. Governments allocate resources based on laws and the command of the government.

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Lesson 2: Economic Science | Unit 1: The Method Page: 1 of 20

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Economics is part of the general process of inquiry, scientific inquiry, in to the workings of our world.

A definition:

  • The scientific method is a structured way of investigating and explaining the operation of the world by testing and verifying hypothesized relationships.
Key points about the scientific method:
  • Explanation: The scientific method seeks to explain the mechanisms of the world, how things work. Science seeks to identify the basic laws of nature that govern the world. Economic science seeks to explain how the economic world works, to identify the economic laws of nature.
  • Process: The scientific method is a process, a way of explaining, not a subject. The scientific method is also applied to society and human behavior. Economics is a social science, the scientific study of society.

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CENTRAL PLANNING

A system of extensive central government control of an economy, including organizing production and making allocation decisions. This was the popular method of allocating resources and answering the three basic questions of allocation under communism and socialism economic systems of the Soviet Union, China, and others during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time driving to a factory outlet seeking to buy either a rim for your spare tire or decorative celebrity figurines. Be on the lookout for letters from the Internal Revenue Service.
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In the late 1800s and early 1900s, almost 2 million children were employed as factory workers.
"Inside the ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong. "

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