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Economics: Most Popular Articles

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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 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 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.
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.
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
Explaining 5 Types of Unemployment
This article outlines the different types of unemployment and explains how each one can arise in an economy.
The Short Run Versus The Long Run
This article discusses the economic distinction between the short run and the long run.
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?
What Is the Government's Role in the Economy?
A look at the role government plays in the economy.
Why Can't the Government Just Print More Money?
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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.
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.
Increasing, Decreasing, and Constant Returns to...
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What Is the Labor Force Participation Rate?
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The Coase Theorem
This article gives an overview of the Coase Theorem.
A Beginner's Guide to Exchange Rates and the...
An introduction to what exchange rates are and what causes them to change.
10 Supply and Demand Practice Questions
10 practice supply and demand questions to help students study for tests.
Calculating Gross Domestic Product Using Value...
This article shows how to calculate Gross Domestic Product using the value added at each stage of production.
The Definition of Economics is Not as Simple as...
What is economics? Is it the study of money? Is it the study of resources? We provide expert answers to this surprisingly complex question.
Introduction to the Budget Constraint
This article introduces the concept of the budget constraint and describes some of its important features.
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.
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.
A Mixed Economy: The Role of the Market
A look at the mixed economy of the United States.
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?
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?
What Do Economists Mean by the Short and Long...
Many an economics student has questioned the difference between the long run and the short run in economics. Learn about the short run vs long here.
Using Calculus To Calculate Price Elasticity of...
An article which explains how to calculate various elasticities using calculus.
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?
How Well Do You Know the Phases of the Business...
A business cycle is defined by four distinct phases of fluctuation in economic indicators like real GDP. Discover these phases to learn about our economy.
Real Exchange Rates
This article gives an overview of what real exchange rates are and how they are used.
Calculating and Understanding Real Interest Rates
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Would 0% Unemployment Be a Good Thing?
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The Demand Curve
This article introduces the demand curve and discusses a few of its features.
Regulation and Control in the U.S. Economy
A look at the use of regulation and control in the U.S. economy.
What Is Inflation?
An article on inflation for beginners which answers the question: What is Inflation?
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.
How to Properly Answer the "What is Microeconom...
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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?'
The Determinants of Demand
This article outlines all of the different factors than can affect economic demand for an item.
The Economy in the 1980s
An examination of the state of the American economy during the 1980s.
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.
Why Do Oil Prices and the Canadian Dollar Move...
Article answers the question:. Economics.
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.
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.
The Expenditure Categories of Gross Domestic...
This article outlines the different expenditure categories that are added up to calculate Gross Domestic Product.
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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The Post War Economy: 1945-1960
An examination of the American economy after World War II.
Definition of The Double Coincidence of Wants
The Double Coincidence of Wants Defined - A Dictionary Definition of The Double Coincidence of Wants
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?
How Does the US Balance Government and Free...
An examination of the U.S. government's role in the economy.
Why Study Economics?
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Calculating Economic Equlibrium
This article shows how to find economic equilibrium using algebra.
What are Cost-Push Inflation and Demand-Pull...
The general increase in the price for goods in an economy is called inflation. Here we take a closer look at cost-push inflation and demand-pull inflation.
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.
Benefits and Costs of a 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.
Do You Know What the Dow Jones Industrial...
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Government Involvement in the American Economy
An examination of the role governments have played in economic growth.
5 Strategies Corporations Use to Raise Capital
An examination of how capital is raised by corporations.
Does Pure Capitalism Exist in the United States?
An examination of the capitalist economy of the United States.
Impact of Globalisation on Developing Countries...
Impact of Globalisation on Developing Countries and India
The Determinants of Supply
This article outlines the different factors that affect the supply of a good or service.
Introduction to Eocnomic Externalities
This article introduces the concept of externalities, or market side effects, and explains how they can arise in a market.
The Different Types of Money in an Economy
This article explains the different types of money than can arise in an economy.
Marginal Analysis
A look at the use of marginal analysis in economics. An article for students new to economics.
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.
What Does the Demand for Money Factor of...
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.
Do You Know What the Three Types of Unemploymen...
In the study of economics, there are three primary types of unemployment. Discover the different categories and how they reflect the health of the economy.
How Do Economists Measure Unemployment?
This article explains how economists define unemployment.
Introduction to Elasticity
This article gives a conceptual introduction to the concept of elasticity.
Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics: What's the...
This article explains the distinction between microeconomics and macroeconomics.
What Is Econometrics?
Article for beginners answers the question: What Is Econometrics?
Economics - The A to Z List
Want to know the meaning of an economics term? Look no further than here!
Definition of Budget Line
Budget Line Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Budget Line
What Is the Difference Between Slope and...
This article explains the relationship between elasticity and the slopes of the demand and supply curves.
What Is a Commodity?
Article answers the question. Economics.
How Does the Value of the U.S. Dollar Impact...
Learn how the change in value of U.S. currency impacts Canadian businesses and shifts the direction of imports and exports.
Introduction to Welfare Analysis
This article introduces the concept of welfare analysis that economists use to calculate how much value markets create for society.
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.
The Growing Importance of Monetary Policy
A look at the importance of monetary policy to the United States economy.
What are Opportunity Costs?
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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.
What Is Economics?
This article describes what economics is and what economics isn't.
Supply and Demand Equilibrium
This article shows how supply and demand come together to determine prices and quantities in a market.
Understand the Economics of Supply and Demand
The basics of Supply and Demand. Economics.
Would a Gasoline Tax Cause People to Buy Less...
price elasticity of demand, gasoline
What does Economic Efficiency mean?
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Definition of Constant Returns to Scale
Constant Returns to Scale Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Constant Returns to Scale
The 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.
Five Economics Term Paper Topic Suggestions -...
Tips, links and sources for writing an economics term paper.
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?
Economics - The Basic Assumptions
This article discusses the basic assumptions of any Economics 101 or 'Economics Principles' course.
A Review of Average Cost vs. Marginal Cost
This article outlines the relationship between average cost and marginal cost and shows intuitively why this relationship holds.
What Is International Economics?
Article for beginners answers the question: What Is International Economics?
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 an Economy's Health Is Measured
This article outlines what Gross Domestic Product measures.
What's a Free Market Economy?
Free Market Economy Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Free Market Economy
Definition of Market
Market Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Market
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.
The Quantity theory of Money
This article introduces the quantity theory of money and discusses various critiques of the theory.
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.
Fiscal Policy in the 1960s and 1970s
An examination of American fiscal policy during the 1960s and the 1970s.
Need a Brilliant Idea for Your Econometrics...
Have an econometrics project, but don't know where to begin? Get all the information and data you need with these econometrics research topics and resources.
How Has Farming Influenced America's Economy?
A look at the impact agriculture has on the American economy.
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
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.
The Importance of the Supply and Demand Model
This article introduces the supply and demand model.
How to Interpret Foreign Exchange Rate Charts
Learn how to interpret foreign exchange rate charts and understand the relationship between a given currency and the given base for comparison.
The Lorenz Curve
This article introduces the Lorenz curve as one way to measure income equality and shows how the curve is constructed.
Giffen Goods
This article introduces the concept of a Giffen good and explains how Giffen goods can occur.
Definition of Gross National Product (GNP)
Gross National Product (GNP) Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Gross National Product (GNP)
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.
Economic Indicators: a Beginner's Guide
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?
Definition of Demand
Demand Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Demand
Practice Constructing an Indifference Curve
Article examines how a student can construct an indifference curve.
Online Microeconomics Textbook
About.com's online Microeconomics Textbook helps students clarify microeconomic concepts they may be unclear about.
Looking at the New Frontier and the Great...
An examination of the American economy during the 1960s and 1970s.
Money
Money Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Money
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.
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?
How Adam Smith Became the Founding Father of...
A short biography of Scottish economist Adam Smith.
Introduction to Capital Markets
A first look at capital markets.
Utility
Utility Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Utility
How Money Supply and Demand Determine Nominal...
This article explains how money supply and money demand come together to determine nominal interest rates in an economy.
What Is Capital?
Capital Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Capital
Outline of the U.S. Economy
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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.
The Real Story of Economics as the Dismal Science
This article explains the background of how economics came to be known as the dismal science.
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
Essential Economics Terms: What Is a Kuznets...
Economist Simon Kuznets once hypothesized that over the course of economic development, economic inequality first increases before it decreases.
Price Elasticity - How to Use Cross Price and...
How to use measures of cross price and own price elasticity to determine how much a quantity will change. An example of a calculation.
The ImClone Insider Trading Case: What did...
Back in 2004, media mogul Martha Stewart served five months in federal prison. What was her crime? The case was all about insider trading.
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.
Definition of Externality
Externality Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Externality
Definition of Natural Increase
Natural Increase Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Natural Increase
How Are Stock Market Prices Set?
An examination of how stock prices are determined.
The Growth of Government in the United States
A look at the growth of government services in the United States.
How Much Does the Economy Influence Presidentia...
With data from presidential elections from 1956 to the present, we examine of the relationship between the economy, jobs, and chances of reelection.
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.
Cost Minimization
This article introduces a basic rule that can be used by firms to figure out what mix of labor and capital produces output at lowest cost.
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.
How to Measure An Economy's Output and Income
This article defines various measures of an economy's output and income.
The US Government's Changing Involvement With...
A look at the growth of government intervention in the American 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
Economic Deflation And How To Prevent It
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?
Interior Solution - Glossary - Dictionary...
Interior Solution Defined - A Dictionary Definition of Interior Solution
From Real to Prime, Understand the Different...
What's the Difference Between all the Interest Rates in the Newspaper?
What Is Money?
This article outlines the characteristics of money and explains the economic difference between money and wealth.
The Effects of a Black Market Using Supply and...
We show through supply and demand analysis what happens when a black market is created.
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