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ACCOUNTING COST: The actual outlays or expenses incurred in production that shows up a firm's accounting statements or records. Accounting costs, while very important to accountants, company CEOs, shareholders, and the Internal Revenue Service, is only minimally important to economists. The reason is that economists are primarily interested in economic cost (also called opportunity cost). That fact is that accounting costs and economic costs aren't always the same. An opportunity or economic cost is the value of foregone production. Some economic costs, actually a lot of economic opportunity costs, never show up as accounting costs. Moreover, some accounting costs, while legal, bonified payments by a firm, are not associated with any sort of opportunity cost.

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Lesson 2: Economic Science | Unit 1: The Method Page: 1 of 20

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Economics is part of the general process of inquiry, scientific inquiry, in to the workings of our world.

A definition:

  • The scientific method is a structured way of investigating and explaining the operation of the world by testing and verifying hypothesized relationships.
Key points about the scientific method:
  • Explanation: The scientific method seeks to explain the mechanisms of the world, how things work. Science seeks to identify the basic laws of nature that govern the world. Economic science seeks to explain how the economic world works, to identify the economic laws of nature.
  • Process: The scientific method is a process, a way of explaining, not a subject. The scientific method is also applied to society and human behavior. Economics is a social science, the scientific study of society.

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INFLATION RATE

The percentage change in the price level from one period to the next. The inflation rate is most commonly presented as an annual average, the percentage change in the average price level from one year to the next. The two most common price indexes used to measure the price level and the inflation rate are the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the GDP price deflator. The inflation rate is one of several key indicators of business-cycle instability and the overall health of the macroeconomy, with primary focus on tracking the goal of price stability.

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