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LEGAL CLAIM: Ownership of the physical goods, services, and resources that make up the real side of the economy. Legal claims are a key feature of the paper, or financial side of the economy. Transferring legal claims is the primary method of diverting income from household saving to investment and government borrowing. Legal-claim buyers loan income and legal-claim sellers borrower income.

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POSITIVE ECONOMICS: The branch of economics that tries to explain the way the economy actually operates. It is the application of the scientific method and the process of testing hypothesis. A positive statement can be refuted by looking at the real world, that is testing hypotheses. Positive economics is the consequence of applying the scientific method to economic phenomena. This term should be compared and contrasted with normative economics, which says the way the world should be.

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BEHAVIORAL ALTERNATIVES

Two different inclinations toward institution changing innovations and maintenance of the status quo. One alternative is entrepreneurial behavior, which is the willingness to develop or adopt innovations that change existing institutions and the status quo. The other alternative is managerial behavior, which is the desire to maintain and promote existing institutions and the status quo. These alternatives can be traced to different preferences for novel and redundant information, which result from the physiological reaction to a potential threat.

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Okun's Law posits that the unemployment rate increases by 1% for every 2% gap between real GDP and full-employment real GDP.
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