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DISINFLATION: A decline in the inflation rate. With disinflation, prices are still rising, they're just not rising as fast. Numerically speaking, if the inflation rate was 10% last year, 6% this year, and looks to be 4% next year, then we have disinflation. Disinflation, a reduction in the inflation rate, is not the same as deflation, a decline in the price level. Prices continue to rise with disinflation, just not as fast. Should disinflation continue, presumably because anti-inflationary monetary or fiscal policies are working effectively, then the average price level could decline and we make the transition to deflation.

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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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AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT PURCHASES

Government purchases by the government sector that do not depend on income or production (especially national income or gross domestic product). That is, changes in income do not generate changes in government purchases. Autonomous government purchases are best thought of as government purchases that the government sector undertake independent of income. They are measured by the intercept term of the government purchases line. The alternative to autonomous government purchases is induced government purchases, which do depend on income.

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