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A POSTERIORI: A conclusion reached through logical reasoning based on facts and observations about the real world. This notion is closely related to the scientific verification of hypotheses and the identification of principles. A similar sounding, but opposite term is a prior, which is a unverified presumption made before an analysis is undertaken. For example, in the study of economics of crime you might assume, a priori, that people are basically "good", and conclude, a posteriori, that people are more likely to commit crimes when the threat of capture and conviction is lower.

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UNIT ELASTIC: An elasticity alternative in which any percentage change in price cause an equal percentage change in quantity. In other words, any change in price, whether big or small, triggers exactly the same percentage change in quantity. Unit elastic should be compared with other elasticity alternatives--perfectly elastic, perfectly inelastic, relatively elastic, and relatively inelastic.

     See also | elasticity | perfectly elastic | perfectly inelastic | relatively elastic | relatively inelastic | coefficient of elasticity | price elasticity of demand | price elasticity of supply |


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STABILITY

Eliminating macroeconomic fluctuations in prices, employment, and production. Stability is primarily directed toward keeping inflation in check and avoiding high or unpredictable inflation rates that create uncertainty and cause haphazard redistribution of income and wealth. This is one of the five economic goals and one of three macroeconomic goals. The other goals are economic growth, full employment, efficiency, and equity.

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Before 1933, the U.S. dime was legal as payment only in transactions of $10 or less.
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