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DATA: Real world observations that are used to test or verify hypotheses. This is the key to the process of acquiring knowledge about the world using the scientific method. While theoretical speculation might indicate what we "think" the world is like, we don't know for sure until we compare our hypothesized view with the real world itself. Data is what adds empirical to empirical economic analysis.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 2: Doing Economics Page: 4 of 18

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The study of economics involves both scientific investigation and policy analysis.

Economists practice both:

  • Positive economics, which uses the scientific method to uncover the basic mechanism of the economy. It seeks to describe the way this world is ARE.
  • Normative economics, which is the policy side of economics. It seeks to prescribe the way the world SHOULD BE.

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VERY LONG RUN, MICROECONOMICS

A production time period in which all inputs are variable, including those under control of the firm and those beyond the control of the firm. During the very long run, not only are the labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship inputs variable, but so too are key production inputs such as government rules, technology, and social customs. This is one of four production time periods used in the study of microeconomics. The other three are short run, long run, and very short run.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time waiting for visits from door-to-door solicitors looking to buy either a handcrafted bird feeder or a New York Yankees baseball cap. Be on the lookout for slightly overweight pizza delivery guys.
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On a typical day, the United States Mint produces over $1 million worth of dimes.
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