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The Definitive Guide to Understanding Price...
Article gives a common-sense and easy to understand explanation of what price elasticity of demand is and how to calculate the price elasticity of demand
In Economics, What's the Difference Between...
Nominal vs. Real Question Answered: I'm learning economics and I keep hearing the terms nominal and real all the time to describe things like interes rates. What's the difference between nominal and real?
Explaining 5 Types of Unemployment
This article outlines the different types of unemployment and explains how each one can arise in an economy.
Why Not Just Print More Money?
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The Circular-Flow Model
This article describes the circular-flow model and explains how it shows the movement of money, goods and services, and factors of production in an economy.
The Short Run Versus The Long Run
This article discusses the economic distinction between the short run and the long run.
Increasing, Decreasing, and Constant Returns to...
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Expansionary Monetary Policy vs. Contractionary...
I'm having a little trouble trying to understand expansionary monetary policies and contractionary monetary policies. Can you help explain what impact expansionary monetary policies and contractionary monetary policies have on the economy?
The Production Function
This article introduces the economic production function, which relate the quantity of output to the amount of capital, labor, and other factors of production that a company uses.
Cross-Price Elasticity of Demand
Article gives a common-sense and easy to understand explanation of what the cross-price elasticity of demand is and how to calculate the cross-price elasticity of demand
Price Elasticity of Supply
Article gives a common-sense and easy to understand explanation of what price elasticity of supply is and how to calculate the price elasticity of supply.
What Is the Business Cycle?
Article for beginners answers the question: What is the Business Cycle?
What Is the Government's Role in the Economy?
A look at the role government plays in the economy.
Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics: What's the...
This article explains the distinction between microeconomics and macroeconomics.
What Was The Gold Standard?
A look at what the gold standard was and how it differs from the fiat system of money today. A comparison of fiat money and the gold standard.
What Do Economists Mean by Short and Long Run?
Article answers the question: I am undergoing an economics lecture at the undergraduate level and cannot understand the difference between
Why Study Economics?
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A Beginner's Guide to Purchasing Power Parity...
A full overview of the PPP Theory in economics for beginners, explaining how it works and what the theory implies.
Using Calculus To Calculate Price Elasticity of...
An article which explains how to calculate various elasticities using calculus.
What Is Economics?
Article for beginners answers the question What is Economics?
What Are the Different Types of Taxes?
This article introduces different types of taxes and discusses some of the specific features of each. Page 3.
What Are The Three Types of Unemployment?
There are three types of unemployment. How do they differ?
What Is Inflation?
An article on inflation for beginners which answers the question: What is Inflation?
What are Opportunity Costs?
: What are Opportunity Costs? : Unlike most costs discussed in economics, an opportunity cost is not
Should Governments Legalize and Tax Marijuana?
The war on drugs is an expensive battle, as a great deal of resources go into catching those who buy or sell illegal drugs on the black market, prosecuting them in court, and housing them in jail. In a recent study for the Fraser Institute, Economist Stephen T. Easton attempted to calculate how much tax revenue the Canadian government could gain by legalizing marijuana.
Income Elasticity of Demand
Article gives a common-sense and easy to understand explanation of what income elasticity of demand is and how to calculate the income elasticity of demand.
Real Exchange Rates
This article gives an overview of what real exchange rates are and how they are used.
How Does Money Work?
Article for beginners answers the question: What Is Money? After reading the article, you will be able to give a quick and correct answer to the question 'What Is Money?'
How to Understand and Calculate Cost Measures
This article explains how to calculate marginal cost, total cost, fixed cost, total variable cost, average total cost, average fixed cost, and average variable cost using simple examples.
Impact of Globalisation on Developing Countries...
Impact of Globalisation on Developing Countries and India
The Relationship Between Average and Marginal...
This article outlines the relationship between average cost and marginal cost and shows intuitively why this relationship holds. Page 5.
Extreme Cases of Income Taxes' Effect on...
What effect do income taxes have on economic growth? Will lower income tax rates lead to higher growth, or will they just line the pockets of the rich?
The Post War Economy: 1945-1960
An examination of the American economy after World War II.
The Coase Theorem
This article gives an overview of the Coase Theorem.
Marginal Revenue and the Demand Curve
This article explains the relationship between the marginal revenue curve and the demand curve.
What Are Tariffs and How Do They Effect the...
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What are Cost-Push Inflation and Demand-Pull...
We Answer The Question: What do the terms
Five Economics Term Paper Topic Suggestions -...
Tips, links and sources for writing an economics term paper.
The 3 Types of Money in an Economy
This article explains the different types of money than can arise in an economy.
What's the Difference Between a Recession and a...
How can I tell the difference between a recession and a depression? What is the definition of a recession? Of a depression? How can we tell when we're in a recession oe when we're going to get out of one?
The Determinants of Supply
This article outlines the different factors that affect the supply of a good or service.
A Beginner's Guide to Exchange Rates and the...
An introduction to what exchange rates are and what causes them to change.
The Demand Curve
This article introduces the demand curve and discusses a few of its features.
Why does money have value?
Find the answer to this week'’s economics question, “Why does money have value?” here. The value of money is not a topic people think about too often but it is quite vital in understanding economics.
5 Tips to Help You Understand Utility in...
Marginal Utility is a concept introduced very early in microeconomics. But what exactly is marginal utility and how do we use it?
What Effects Does Monetary Policy Have?
I'm having a little trouble trying to understand expansionary monetary policies and contractionary monetary policies. Can you help explain what impact expansionary monetary policies and contractionary monetary policies have on the economy. Page 2.
Economics - The A to Z List
Want to know the meaning of an economics term? Look no further than here!
Will the World Ever Run Out of Oil?
For as long as I can remember, I've been hearing that the world oil supply will run out in a few decades. I remember quite vividly growing up in the early 1980's hearing that there wouldn't be any oil left by the time I learned how to drive. Fortunately the prediction of a depleted oil supply never came true.
What Is the Labor Force Participation Rate?
: What is the Labor Force Participation Rate? : The labor force participation rate is the percentage
Definition of Market
Market Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Market
Calculating and Understanding Real Interest Rates
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Positive Versus Normative Analysis in Economics
This article explains the role of economics in public policy and explains the difference between positive and normative analysis.
How Do Economists Define Supply?
Supply - what do economists mean when they use the term supply? A common sense discussion on the economic concept of supply.
Definition of Externality
Externality Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Externality
Analysis of a Subsidy
This article explains the effect that a subsidy has on market price and quantity as well as on the economic well-being of consumers, producers, and society overall. Page 10.
The Determinants of Demand
This article outlines all of the different factors than can affect economic demand for an item.
Helpful Tips to Ace that Econ Exam
How To Study For Your Economics Exam. Tips on how to study for your economics exam that is a few weeks away as well as tips on how to cram the night before, if necessary.
Definition of Budget Line
Budget Line Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Budget Line
Definition of Constant Returns to Scale
Constant Returns to Scale Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Constant Returns to Scale
What Is Microeconomics?
Article for beginners answers the question: What Is Microeconomics?
How Do Economists Measure Unemployment?
This article explains how economists define unemployment.
The Budget Constraint
This article introduces the concept of the budget constraints and describes some of its important features. Page 2.
What Is Arbitrage?
Article answers the following question: What is arbitrage? What markets do arbitrageurs usually trade on? The answers to your arbitrage questions right here.
A Beginner's Guide to the Reserve Ratio
A Beginner's Guide to the Reserve Ratio looks at the impact the reserve ratio has on the money supply
Definition of The Double Coincidence of Wants
The Double Coincidence of Wants Defined - A Dictionary Definition of The Double Coincidence of Wants
Does Pure Capitalism Exist in the United States?
An examination of the capitalist economy of the United States.
10 Supply and Demand Practice Questions
10 practice supply and demand questions to help students study for tests.
5 Arguments Against Free Trade
This article outlines the arguments that people make against free trade and explains the flaws in the reasoning of each of the arguments.
The Federal Reserve System
This article explains what the Federal Reserve is and what function it serves in the economy.
What does Economic Efficiency mean?
: What does Economic Efficiency mean? : Economic efficiency is a term typically used in microeconomics
What Are the 5 Elements of a Ponzi Scheme?
An article aimed at beginners that answers the questions
The Importance of the Supply and Demand Model
This article introduces the supply and demand model.
What Is the GDP Deflator and Why Is it Used?
This article introduces the concept of the GDP deflator as a measure of aggregate price level and shows how it can be used to measure inflation.
What Is Deflation and How Can it Be Prevented?
Deflation and Printing Money: Is the problem that there is more to printing money than printing money? Is in fact the way printed money gets into circulation, that the fed buys bonds, and thus get money into the economy? When the government prints money it causes inflation. Would printing more money cure deflation?
The Economy in the 1980s
An examination of the state of the American economy during the 1980s.
What does the value of the Dow Jones represent?
What does the value of the Dow Jones represent?
5 Strategies Corporations Use to Raise Capital
An examination of how capital is raised by corporations.
Returns to Scale
This article explains what is meant by the concept returns to scale and outlines when companies exhibit increasing, decreasing, and constant returns to scale.
Budget Lines and Indifference Curves
Article examines how to use and calculate budget lines and how they relate to indifference curves.
A Mixed Economy: The Role of the Market
A look at the mixed economy of the United States.
What's a Free Market Economy?
Free Market Economy Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Free Market Economy
Are Wars Good for the Economy?
The standard argument goes as follows: Let's suppose that the economy is in the low end of the business cycle, so we're in a recession or just a period of low economic growth.
Demand - The Economics of Demand
Demand - what do economists mean when they use the term demand? A common sense discussion on the economic concept of demand.
How Adam Smith Became the Founding Father of...
A short biography of Scottish economist Adam Smith.
Regulation and Control in the U.S. Economy
A look at the use of regulation and control in the U.S. economy.
Are Credit Cards A Form Of Money?
Are credit cards are a from of money? An interesting and unusual question about! Let's take a look at what is considered to be money and where credit cards fit in.
Would a Gasoline Tax Cause People to Buy Less...
price elasticity of demand, gasoline
The Gini Coefficient
This article introduces the Gini coefficient as a numerical measure of income inequality.
What Is a Monopoly?
This article explains what a monopoly is and how markets can give rise to monopolies.
More Factors Which Influence the Demand for Money
This question answers the questions: What is the demand for money? Does that change? The other three elements all make perfect sense to me but demand for money is confusing me to no end. Page 2.
Giffen Goods
This article introduces the concept of a Giffen good and explains how Giffen goods can occur. Page 2.
Government Involvement in the American Economy
An examination of the role governments have played in economic growth.
Calculating Economic Equilibrium
This article shows how to find economic equilibrium using algebra. Page 2.
The Bretton Woods System: Tying World Currency...
An examination of the Bretton Woods system.
Purchasing Power Parity: Link Between Exchange...
An article that shows how inflation and the exchange rate between two countries are linked through Purchasing Power Parity (PPP).
Marginal Revenue and Marginal Cost Practice...
In this article we go through 5 questions on marginal revenues and marginal costs to illustrate how a student should answer these questions.
What Is the Demand For Money?
This question answers the questions: What is the demand for money? Does that change? The other three elements all make perfect sense to me but demand for money is confusing me to no end.
Definition of Gross National Product (GNP)
Gross National Product (GNP) Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Gross National Product (GNP)
The Quantity Theory of Money
This article introduces the quantity theory of money and discusses various critiques of the theory.
What Determines an Exchange Rate
A discussion for beginners that examines what determines an exchange rate or the value of a currency. Why do currencies go up and down?
Supply and Demand Equilibrium
This article shows how supply and demand come together to determine prices and quantities in a market.
What Does the Economic Term Dumping Mean?
Dumping Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Dumping
A Beginner's Guide to Economic Indicators
I'm constantly hearing about economic indicators in the news, but I'm never sure what they're talking about. What are economic indicators and why are they important?
The Expenditure Categories of Gross Domestic...
This article outlines the different expenditure categories that are added up to calculate Gross Domestic Product.
Marginal Analysis
A look at the use of marginal analysis in economics. An article for students new to economics.
Gold Standard vs. Fiat Money
A look at what the gold standard was and how it differs from the fiat system of money today. A comparison of fiat money and the gold standard. Page 2.
What Is a Commodity?
Article answers the question. Economics.
Absolute and Comparative Advantage
This article introduces the concepts of absolute advantage and comparative advantage and explains why they are relevant to understanding the gains from trade. Page 3.
Money
Money Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Money
Definition of Network Externalities
Network Externalities Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Network Externalities
What Are Interest Rates?
Article for beginners answers the question: What are Interest Rates?
Would 0% Unemployment Be a Good Thing?
[A:] Thanks for the great question! While on the surface it appears that a 0% unemployment rate would
Why Is Economics Called the Dismal Science?
This article explains the background of how economics came to be known as the dismal science.
Calculating Gross Domestic Product Using Value...
This article shows how to calculate Gross Domestic Product using the value added at each stage of production.
What You Need to Know About Monopolies and...
Article examines monopolies and companies in monopoly markets, and compares monopoly to oligopoly, monopolistic competition, and perfect competition.
Can You Beat the Stock Market? Find Out What...
This article introduces the concept of the efficient markets hypothesis.
Definition of GDP / Gross Domestic Product
GDP / Gross Domestic Product Defined - A Dictionary Definition of GDP / Gross Domestic Product
Definition of Law of Demand
Law of Demand Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Law of Demand.
Definition of Barter Economy
Barter Economy Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Barter Economy.
Insider Trading
Insider Trading: What did Martha Do? is a brief look at insider trading and why many forms of insider trading are illegal.
What Is an Externality? Learn the 4 Possibilities
This article introduces the concept of externalities, or market side effects, and explains how they can arise in a market.
The Advantages of Calculating Arc Elasticity
Article gives a common-sense and easy to understand explanation of what arc elasticity is and how to calculate arc elasticity
The Effects of a Black Market Using Supply and...
We show through supply and demand analysis what happens when a black market is created.
What Is the Discount Factor?
Discount Factor Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Discount Factor
What is deflation and how can it be prevented?
Deflation and Printing Money: Is the problem that there is more to printing money than printing money? Is in fact the way printed money gets into circulation, that the fed buys bonds, and thus get money into the economy? When the government prints money it causes inflation. Page 2.
Definition of Demand
Demand Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Demand
Understand the Major Types of Elasticity
Article gives a common-sense and easy to understand explanation of what elasticity is and how to calculate the elasticities
What Is the Difference Between Relative PPP and...
Relative PPP vs. Absolute PPP. Definitions and descriptions. What Is the Difference Between Relative PPP and Absolute PPP?
Economics - The Basic Assumptions
This article discusses the basic assumptions of any Economics 101 or 'Economics Principles' course.
Definition of Natural Increase
Natural Increase Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Natural Increase
Elasticity Versus the Slopes of the Demand and...
This article explains the relationship between elasticity and the slopes of the demand and supply curves. Page 2.
What Is Econometrics?
Article for beginners answers the question: What Is Econometrics?
The Slope of the Aggregate Demand Curve
This article explains why the aggregate demand curve slopes downwards.
Definition of Average Total Cost
Average Total Cost Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Average Total Cost
What Is Money?
This article outlines the characteristics of money and explains the economic difference between money and wealth.
What Is Behavioral Economics?
This article gives an introduction to the field of behavioral economics.
What Happens if Interest Rates Go To Zero?
Can interest rates go to zero? Could they even be negative? I've heard that this has happened before. What would cause something like that to happen and what impact would it have on the economy?
Stagflation in the 1970s
An examination of stagflation in the American economy during the 1970s.
The Fisher Effect
This article introduces the Fisher Effect and discusses the conditions under which it holds.
Proportional Representation vs. First-Past-The-...
An examination of the advantages of using a Proportional Representation (PR) voting system over the first-past-the-post method used in countries such as the United States and Canada.
Why Are Tariffs Preferable to Quotas?
In this article we look at why tariffs are often preferred to import quotas. There's a few reasons why tariffs are more desirable than quotas.
The Lorenz Curve
This article introduces the Lorenz curve as one way to measure income equality and shows how the curve is constructed.
What Is a Foreign Direct Investment?
FDI / Foreign Direct Investment Defined - A Dictionary Definition of FDI / Foreign Direct Investment
P-value - Dictionary definition of P-value
P-value is associated with a test statistic. Learn more about p-values and its relation to economics.
Will Marijuana's Legalization Increase Demand?
Would Marijuana Legalization Increase the Demand for Marijuana?
Looking at the New Frontier and the Great...
An examination of the American economy during the 1960s and 1970s.
Utility
Utility Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Utility
What Is International Economics?
Article for beginners answers the question: What Is International Economics?
The Production Possibilities Frontier
This article introduces the production possibilities frontier as a basic model of production tradeoffs and describes some of its notable features. Page 5.
Quantitative Easing
This article explains what quantitative easing is and what effect is has on the economy.
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