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OTHER THINGS EQUAL: A common assumption used in economic analysis that often goes by the technical Latin term, ceteris paribus. This assumption is used when identifying the relation between two specific variables, such as price and quantity for the law of demand. In so doing, the causal connection between the two variables can be identified. However, economic analysis becomes more interesting and useful when this assumption is relaxed, which makes it possible to examine how these "other things" affect the relation under study.

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Lesson 11: Circular Flow | Unit 1: Basic Flow Page: 4 of 22

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Two sectors: household and business.

Two markets: product and factor.

  • The physical flow is the counter-clockwise flow of resources from the household to business sector and production from the business to household sector.
  • Production flows from the business sector (supply) to the household sector (demand) through the product markets.
  • Resources flow from the household sector (demand) to the business (supply) sector through the factor markets.
  • The household sector sells the resources through the factor markets and buy goods through the product markets.
  • The business sector buys resources through the factor markets and sells goods through the product markets.

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FALLACY OF COMPOSITION

The logical fallacy of arguing that what is true for the parts is also true for the whole. In the study of economics, this takes the form of assuming that what works for parts of the economy, such as households or businesses, also works for the aggregate, or macroeconomy. The contrasting fallacy is the fallacy of division.

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