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OPEN SHOP: An employment arrangement in which workers of a firm are free to join or not join a union because employment is unrelated to union membership. Because an open shop tends to limit the proportion of a firm's employees represented, this can significantly dilute a labor union's market control. Open shops are established in states that have right-to-work laws.

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MODEL: An abstract representation of the real world that is usually based on scientific theories, principles, and hypotheses. The feature of a model that bears emphasizing is that it is an abstract representation of real world phenomenon. For economic models, this abstraction usually takes the form of words, graphs, or equations.

     See also | abstraction | abstraction methods | economic analysis | theory | scientific method | phenomenon | market | demand curve | supply curve | price | quantity |

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The mental and physical human efforts used in the production of goods and services. This is one of four basic categories of resources, or factors of production. The other three are capital, land, and entrepreneurship.

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