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KEYNESIAN CROSS: The standard diagram used in Keynesian economics to identify the equilibrium level of aggregate output (that is, gross domestic product), with aggregate expenditures measured on the vertical axis, and aggregate output measured on the horizontal axis. This diagram contains two key lines, the aggregate expenditure line and the 45-degree line. Intersection between these lines indicates equilibrium aggregate output. This intersection, or cross, is what gives rise to the name.

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The scientific method has four important parts:
  • Theory: A theory is a scientifically accepted, interrelated body of general principles used to explain and understand some aspect of the world.
  • Principles: A principle is a generally accepted, verified, fundamental laws of nature. Principles establish cause and effect relations about the real world.
  • Hypotheses: An hypothesis is a reasonable proposition about the workings of the world that is inspired or implied by a theory and which may or may not be true.
  • Data: These are observations about what is actually happening in the real world. Data are used to validate or verify hypotheses and are essential to the scientific method.

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POLITICAL BUSINESS CYCLES

The notion that business cycles are caused by elected government leaders who manipulate the economy to achieve personal political goals, that is, to be re-elected and remain in office. The leaders stimulate the economy leading up to an election, creating a business-cycle expansion that ensures (they hope) re-election, they then induce a business-cycle contraction after the election to correct problems created by the pre-election stimulation. This explanation suggests that government is the source of business cycles are should not be allowed to implement discretionary stabilization policies.

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It's estimated that the U.S. economy has about $20 million of counterfeit currency in circulation, less than 0.001 perecent of the total legal currency.
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