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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
What does the value of the Dow Jones represent?
What does the value of the Dow Jones represent?
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.
What Is Economics?
This article describes what economics is and what economics isn't.
Why Not Just Print More Money?
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Explaining 5 Types of Unemployment
This article outlines the different types of unemployment and explains how each one can arise in an economy.
Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics: What's the...
This article explains the distinction between microeconomics and macroeconomics.
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?
The Short Run Versus The Long Run
This article discusses the economic distinction between the short run and the long run.
A Beginner's Guide to Exchange Rates and the...
An introduction to what exchange rates are and what causes them to change.
What Is the Government's Role in the Economy?
A look at the role government plays in the economy.
Why Study Economics?
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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.
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.
What Is Inflation?
An article on inflation for beginners which answers the question: What is Inflation?
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.
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?
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
Increasing, Decreasing, and Constant Returns to...
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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?'
Outline of the U.S. Economy
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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.
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.
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.
10 Supply and Demand Practice Questions
10 practice supply and demand questions to help students study for tests.
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?
Why Is Economics Called the Dismal Science?
This article explains the background of how economics came to be known as the dismal science.
Impact of Globalisation on Developing Countries...
Impact of Globalisation on Developing Countries and India
What Is the Labor Force Participation Rate?
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A Mixed Economy: The Role of the Market
A look at the mixed economy of the United States.
Real Exchange Rates
This article gives an overview of what real exchange rates are and how they are used.
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.
Marginal Analysis
A look at the use of marginal analysis in economics. An article for students new to economics.
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?
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.
What Are The Three Types of Unemployment?
There are three types of unemployment. How do they differ?
What Is Microeconomics?
Article for beginners answers the question: What Is Microeconomics?
What are Cost-Push Inflation and Demand-Pull...
We Answer The Question: What do the terms
Using Calculus To Calculate Price Elasticity of...
An article which explains how to calculate various elasticities using calculus.
Exchange Rates
I want to be able to read exchange rate charts. I read A Beginner's Guide to Exchange Rates and the Foreign Exchange Market and I understand the lemons and oranges, but I am missing the base. If I look at a chart produced by someone in the United States and the index number next to US$ is 1.69 and the index value of the Euro is 1.89, am I saying that 1.89 Euros has the same value as 1.69 US$?
The Determinants of Demand
This article outlines all of the different factors than can affect economic demand for an item.
What are Opportunity Costs?
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The Demand Curve
This article introduces the demand curve and discusses a few of its features.
Why Does a Stock Go Down in Price When There Is...
Doesn't there have to be a buyer when there are sellers? If people are buying when others are selling shouldn't that equal it out?
Definition of Budget Line
Budget Line Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Budget Line
Stock Market Economics Resource Center
Looking for information on stock market economics? Look no further! We have all the information you need on stock market economics right here.
What Is the Business Cycle?
Article for beginners answers the question: What is the Business Cycle?
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.
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.
Does Pure Capitalism Exist in the United States?
An examination of the capitalist economy of the United States.
Regulation and Control in the U.S. Economy
A look at the use of regulation and control in the U.S. economy.
Economics - The A to Z List
Want to know the meaning of an economics term? Look no further than here!
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?
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.
What Is a Commodity?
Article answers the question. Economics.
What's a Free Market Economy?
Free Market Economy Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Free Market Economy
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.
5 Strategies Corporations Use to Raise Capital
An examination of how capital is raised by corporations.
Utility
Utility Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Utility
What Are Tariffs and How Do They Effect the...
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The Coase Theorem
This article gives an overview of the Coase Theorem.
Macroeconomics Student Resource Center
Help for students having trouble with Macroeconomics. Macroeconomics tips and tricks are available. http://economics.about.com/cs/studentresources/a/macro_help.htm
The 3 Types of Money in an Economy
This article explains the different types of money than can arise in an economy.
The Budget Constraint
This article introduces the concept of the budget constrains and describes some of its important features.
Calculating Economic Equilibrium
This article shows how to find economic equilibrium using algebra.
Definition of Market
Market Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Market
How Adam Smith Became the Founding Father of...
A short biography of Scottish economist Adam Smith.
Why Do Oil Prices and the Canadian Dollar Move...
Article answers the question:. Economics.
Money
Money Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Money
Introduction to Exchange Rates
This article introduces the concept of exchange rates and foreign exchange and explains the distinction between nominal and real exchange rates.
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.
The Determinants of Supply
This article outlines the different factors that affect the supply of a good or service.
Calculating and Understanding Real Interest Rates
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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.
The Post War Economy: 1945-1960
An examination of the American economy after World War II.
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.
Marginal Revenue and the Demand Curve
This article explains the relationship between the marginal revenue curve and the demand curve.
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 Relationship Between Average and Marginal...
This article outlines the relationship between average cost and marginal cost and shows intuitively why this relationship holds.
Definition of Constant Returns to Scale
Constant Returns to Scale Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Constant Returns to Scale
How Do Economists Measure Unemployment?
This article explains how economists define unemployment.
What Are the 5 Elements of a Ponzi Scheme?
A Ponzi scheme is a scam investment designed to separate investors from their money. It is named after Charles Ponzi, who constructed one such scheme at the beginning of the 20th century, though the concept was well known prior to Ponzi.
The Economy in the 1980s
An examination of the state of the American economy during the 1980s.
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.
Five Economics Term Paper Topic Suggestions -...
Tips, links and sources for writing an economics term paper.
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?
The Importance of the Supply and Demand Model
This article introduces the supply and demand model.
Would 0% Unemployment Be a Good Thing?
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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
How Do You Measure the Size of the Economy?
A discussion on how we measure how big the economy is and how it is performing.
The Quantity Theory of Money
This article introduces the quantity theory of money and discusses various critiques of the theory.
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?
What Are Interest Rates?
Article for beginners answers the question: What are Interest Rates?
What does Economic Efficiency mean?
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How Are Stock Market Prices Set?
An examination of how stock prices are determined.
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?
Budget Lines and Indifference Curves
Article examines how to use and calculate budget lines and how they relate to indifference curves.
How Does the US Balance Government and Free...
An examination of the U.S. government's role in the economy.
Government Involvement in the American Economy
An examination of the role governments have played in economic growth.
Colonization of the United States
An examination of the colonization of the United States.
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 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.
Definition of The Double Coincidence of Wants
The Double Coincidence of Wants Defined - A Dictionary Definition of The Double Coincidence of Wants
Why Don't Prices Decline During A Recession?
When there is an economic expansion, demand seems to outpace supply, particularly for goods and services that take time and major capital to increase supply. As a result, prices generally rise (or there is at least price pressure). We look at why deflation does generally not occur during a recession.
Definition of Natural Increase
Natural Increase Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Natural Increase
Would a Gasoline Tax Cause People to Buy Less...
price elasticity of demand, gasoline
Definition of Frictional Unemployment
Frictional Unemployment Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Frictional Unemployment
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.
Definition of Gross National Product (GNP)
Gross National Product (GNP) Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Gross National Product (GNP)
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.
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.
The Expenditure Categories of Gross Domestic...
This article outlines the different expenditure categories that are added up to calculate Gross Domestic Product.
Supply and Demand Equilibrium
This article shows how supply and demand come together to determine prices and quantities in a market.
What Is Econometrics?
Article for beginners answers the question: What Is Econometrics?
Elasticity Versus the Slopes of the Demand and...
This article explains the relationship between elasticity and the slopes of the demand and supply curves.
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).
The Federal Reserve System
This article explains what the Federal Reserve is and what function it serves in the economy.
Economics - The Basic Assumptions
This article discusses the basic assumptions of any Economics 101 or 'Economics Principles' course.
Introduction to Welfare Analysis
This article introduces the concept of welfare analysis that economists use to calculate how much value markets create for society.
Definition of Demand
Demand Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Demand
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 International Economics?
Article for beginners answers the question: What Is International Economics?
Giffen Goods
This article introduces the concept of a Giffen good and explains how Giffen goods can occur.
Cyclical Unemployment
Cyclical Unemployment Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Cyclical Unemployment
How Has Farming Influenced America's Economy?
A look at the impact agriculture has on the American economy.
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.
Definition of Externality
Externality Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Externality
Will Marijuana's Legalization Increase Demand?
Would Marijuana Legalization Increase the Demand for Marijuana?
How to Use and Interpret Indifference Curves
Article examines the economic concept of indifference curves and shows students how they can use indifference curves to solve economic problems.
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.
Small Business in the United States
A discussion of American small business.
What Is Capital?
Capital Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Capital
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.
Shifting the Demand Curve
This article explains when and how to shift a demand curve.
What Are the Various Subfields of Economics?
Article for beginners answers the question What Are the Various Subfields of Economics?
Laissez-faire Versus Government Intervention
A look at the dichotomy between laissez-faire economics and governnment intervention.
Definition of GDP / Gross Domestic Product
GDP / Gross Domestic Product Defined - A Dictionary Definition of GDP / Gross Domestic Product
The Lorenz Curve
This article introduces the Lorenz curve as one way to measure income equality and shows how the curve is constructed.
Pro Forma
Pro Forma Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Pro Forma
The US Government's Changing Involvement With...
A look at the growth of government intervention in the American Economy.
Unemployment
Unemployment Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Unemployment
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.
Introduction to Average and Marginal Product
This article introduces the concept of marginal product and discusses some common properties of this measure.
What Is a Monopoly?
This article explains what a monopoly is and how markets can give rise to monopolies.
Online Microeconomics Textbook
About.com's online Microeconomics Textbook helps students clarify microeconomic concepts they may be unclear about.
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.
The Gini Coefficient
This article introduces the Gini coefficient as a numerical measure of income inequality.
What Is Money?
This article outlines the characteristics of money and explains the economic difference between money and wealth.
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