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What is Keynesian Economics?

John Maynard Keynes was a British economist who wrote extensively during the 1920s and 1930s. His work is still considered important today and has since become referred to as Keynesian economics. Up until the 1970s his ideas had a huge impact on government economic intervention in Europe. The economic collapse of 2008 saw Keynes’ ideas once again enter the spotlight, but there has also been a public backlash against the interventionist policies he favored.

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What is Market Efficiency and Why is it Important?

Market efficiency is a term that you may have heard economists use. Some explanations of what this means can sound quite convoluted, but it really isn’t too hard an idea to grasp. Market efficiency is not only something that is important to economists but if you invest money then it is also something that might concern you too.

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Top 5 Best Economics Books for High School Reviewed

It is usually in high school that we first start to seriously consider economics and how it impacts our life. This is a topic that may be discussed in class in general terms but sometimes we will want to go deeper into the subject. Luckily there are some great economics books for high school available and we will be looking at five of the best of these here.

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What is Inflation and Why do Economists Want to Avoid It?

Inflation is an economics term that most of us hear a lot. There will often be news stories about how the government is working to keep inflation low. While this word is commonly used in the media there still be a bit confused as to what it actually means for us. We might also wonder why economists and governments are so eager to avoid inflation. This is an important idea in economics, but one that can cause confusion for the rest of us.

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The Basics of Consumer Equilibrium Explained Simply

The idea of consumer equilibrium can sometimes seem a bit confusing upon first hearing. This is often because it has been explained in a complicated manner. The reality is that consumer equilibrium does not need to be such a complex concept. Hopefully by the end of this article you will have a much better idea about what is meant.

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What is the Austrian School of Economics?

Austrian Economics dates back all the way to the fifteenth century. It is based on the assumption that the actions of social groupings and individual humans follow natural laws much in the same way as other aspects of nature. It has been the aim of Austrian economics to produce theories to explain these actions; although the claim that this should involve different tools than used in hard science. Followers of this theory of economics are strong advocates for complete freedom in the marketplace; they believe that industry should be allowed to make voluntary contracts but they should not be coerced into anything. The reason why it is called the Austrian school is that many of the early proponents of the theory were from Austria; most supporters of the school these days do not come from anywhere near Austria.

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What is Pareto Efficiency?

Pareto efficiency is something you may sometimes hear mentioned in relation to economic theory. It is named after an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto.  The idea of a Pareto efficiency is not related to equity because something can be meet the requirements of Pareto efficiency but be very inequitable indeed. The idea of Pareto efficiency is of interest to economists and it is particular importance for game theory.

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What are Business Cycles (Economic Cycles) and What Causes Them?

The business cycle is something you will frequently hear economists mention.  It is often discussed in relation to a countries economic performance or how markets are behaving on a global scale. It seems to be quite an important concept so what does it actually refer to?

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