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AGGREGATE: A common modifier for an assortment of economic terms used in the study of macroeconomics that signifies a comprehensive, often national, total value. This modifier most often surfaces in the study of the AS-AD, or "aggregate market", model of the economy with such terms as aggregate demand and aggregate supply. For example, aggregate demand indicates the total demand for production in the macroeconomy and aggregate supply indicates the total amount of that output produced. Two other noted "aggregate" terms are aggregate expenditures and aggregate production function.

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Lesson 2: Economic Science | Unit 5: Cause and Effect Page: 17 of 20

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The purpose of science is to identify the fundamental, basic laws of nature that guide our every moves.
  • The purpose of the scientific method is to explain the world by identifying cause and effect.
  • For every action there is a consequence. And for every consequence there is a cause.
The first step is to identify cause and effect links is correlation:

  • Correlation. If event A causes event B, then event A is correlated with event B. But, correlation does not mean causation. Two events can be correlated, without one causing the other. Note the fallacy of false cause.
  • Time Proximity. Event A and event B must happen at about the same time.
  • Time Sequence. Event A must precede event B. If event B occurs first, then it can't be caused by event A.

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CORPORATE PROFITS

The total accounting profits received by corporations. Corporate profits are the official item in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economics Analysis that measures profit earned by the household sector for supplying entrepreneurship services through corporations, and to some degree capital and land services, too. This is one of five official factor payments making up national income. The other four are compensation of employees, rental income of persons, net interest, and proprietors' income. Corporate profits the second largest factor payment category, usually coming in around 20 to 25 percent of national income.

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