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WHAT?: One of three basic questions of allocation (the other two are How? and For Whom?). Answering the 'What?' question of allocation determines the types and quantities of goods and services produced with society's limited resources. Should society produce hammocks or hot fudge sundaes? Computers or Cadillacs? Birdfeed or battleships? The production possibilities analysis sets the stage for answering the 'What?' question.

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An hypothesis is a possible, even probable, scientific relationship. An hypotheses is a candidate to become a principle. Hypothesis must be tested before becoming principles.
  • A possible hypothesis: The distance between a passing car and a jogger depends on the driver's political philosophy.
  • Alternative hypotheses can also explain differences in distance between jogger and passing car.
An hypothesis that seems reasonable is not necessarily right. It must be verified with real world data.
  • The scientific method does not accept an explanation at face value. It needs to prove an explanation is correct.
  • Scientists check to see if a reasonable explanation is consistent with the data. The scientific process is all about verifying hypotheses.
  • To test our hypothesis, ask people about passing distance and political affiliation.
  • While subjective data, based on asking people, can be useful, objective methods of data collection are usually preferred. Let's use lasers.
  • Government is a fruitful source of objective data.

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BALANCE ON SERVICES

A subset of the balance of payments current account that records the difference between the payments received for exports of services to other nations and the payments made for the imports of services from other nations. The flow of payments is for intangible services, not for physical or tangible goods. The balance on services is thus appropriately divided into services exported and services imported. Two other subsets of the current account include the balance on merchandise trade and unilateral transfers. The commonly termed balance of trade is the sum of the balance on merchandise trade and the balance on services.

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