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ABSTRACTION: Simplifying the complexities of the real world by ignoring (hopefully) unimportant details while doing economic analysis. Abstraction is often criticized because it's, well, it's JUST NOT REALISTIC. However, when done correctly (ignoring things that JUST DON'T MATTER), then the pursuit of knowledge is greatly enhanced by abstraction. For example, when travelling cross country along a high-speed interstate highway, a paper road map is a handy tool. It shows towns and cities along the way, the major intersections, rest stop locations, and other important points of interest. However, it ignores unimportant details. It doesn't realistically show the location of every tree, bush, or blade of grass. Why bother? This information won't enhance your road trip.

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CHECKABLE DEPOSITS

Checking account deposits maintained by traditional commercial banks and depository thrift institutions (savings and loan associations, credit unions, and mutual savings banks) that are generally accepted in payment in exchange for goods and services. These accounts, also termed transactions deposits, make it possible for customers transfer funds easily and quickly to another, which makes them ideally suited for use as money. Checkable deposits are approximately one-half of the official M1 monetary aggregate tracked by the Federal Reserve System. The other half is currency (paper bills and metal coins).

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The hazards of being a pedestrian are many. Of course we have a good chance of crossing paths with a rabid bengal tiger that has highjacked a street cleaner and intends to whitewash every pair of jogging shoes encountered. Or a throng of overzealous religious fanatics might try to slip fresh flowers into our hands and literature into our pockets. And especially when we amble through the financial district, we might be crushed by falling stock market investors who have mistakenly BOUGHT HIGH and SOLD LOW. While the actions of the bengal tiger and overzealous religious fanatics might be understandable, what's so almighty important about the stock market that would make investors place the well-being of innocent pedestrians in jeopardy?
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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time looking for a downtown retail store seeking to buy either arch supports for your shoes or an AC adapter that works with your MPG player. Be on the lookout for telephone calls from former employers.
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In the late 1800s and early 1900s, almost 2 million children were employed as factory workers.
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