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HOUSING STARTS: The number of residential buildings (single-family and multi-family) construction units begun during a given time period (usually one month) based on the number of building permits issued. Housing starts are sensitive to interest rate changes and reflect the household sectors willingness to invest in new construction. It is a key indicator of business-cycle activity. More specifically, it is one of the 12 leading economic indicators tracked by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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BROWN PRAGMATOX
Your compete MICRO*scope for today

You are the type of person who is hardworking and industrious, who knows your job and what needs to be done. Family and friends never, never, never try to convince you of an alternative point of view, political or otherwise. Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time waiting for visits from door-to-door solicitors trying to buy either an AC adapter that won't fry your computer or a case for your designer sunglasses. Be on the lookout for door-to-door salesmen. You should consider shopping at stores or businesses beginning with the letter K, but do not buy any products with a serial number or product code containing the number 296433. Your preferred shopping venue is thrift stores. Your special symbol is the comma (,).


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As a Brown Pragmatox, you are down-to-earth and practical. You are hard working and industrious. You are frugal to the point that you might even refrain from making a purchase that you really, really need. Doing so often causes problems down the road. You definitely go with function over form and substance over style.


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EFFICIENT INFORMATION SEARCH

A comparison between the cost of acquiring information and the benefit generated by the information such that it is not possible to increase welfare or well being by acquiring any more of any less information. Efficient information search is achieved by equating the marginal cost of search with the benefit of search. This efficiency is comparable to the profit-maximizing decision by a producer and the utility-maximizing decision by a consumer.

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On The Lookout For A RECESSION

One pitfall facing any pedestrian who explores the intricate details of the economy is large potholes lurking along the path. LOOK OUT! You can probably expect a few bumps and bruises from abruptly introducing your face to the pavement. But, after the cast hardens and the gashes have been stitched, you can be on your way. A little more experienced, no doubt, but forging ahead in spite of it all. Our economy also steps into an occasional pothole in route to an expanding economic pie. Recession is the nifty term we use for this sort of economic pothole and it will be are our topic for the next few pages. OH NO! LOOK OUT!
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Only 1% of the U.S. population paid income taxes when the income tax was established in 1914.
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