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BUDGET SURPLUS: An excess of budgetary revenues over expenditures. This seemingly rare event is in fact commonly practiced by many state and local governments -- albeit often because of constitutional mandates. The federal government has even accomplished this feat once or twice. Consumers operate a budget surplus whenever they're able to put a little bit of their income into saving.

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POSITIVE ECONOMICS: The branch of economics that tries to explain the way the economy actually operates. It is the application of the scientific method and the process of testing hypothesis. A positive statement can be refuted by looking at the real world, that is testing hypotheses. Positive economics is the consequence of applying the scientific method to economic phenomena. This term should be compared and contrasted with normative economics, which says the way the world should be.

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CONSUMPTION

The use of resources, goods, or services to satisfy wants and needs. At the macroeconomic level, consumption is reflected as expenditures by the household sector on gross domestic product. At the microeconomic level, consumption is important to utility, demand, and market exchanges. Consumption is the ultimate goal of economic activity.

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