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What is the proper academic term for “realizing sales from online traffic”?

Realizing sales form traffic is one of the major concerns for firms in a digital economy. To my knowledge, online marketing methods (such as SEO) usually generate traffic but not necessarily profits. ...
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Definiton of information sets in rational expecations models

I am struggling with the notion of 'information sets' in the context of rational expectation models in economics. I found interesting notes on the web (http://www2.econ.iastate.edu/tesfatsi/reintro....
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What is “industrial capitalism”?

What's the difference between "industrial capitalism" and "agrarian capitalism" and "mercantilism" and the "industrial revolution" and the 20th century ideas of "Keynesianism"? Is agrarian capitalism-...
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What is the definition of: 'commodity space'?

I have seen the concept of commodity space being used multiple times in economics, in particular within microeconomics, but I could not find a general definition of it. Based on the examples that I ...
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Which single letter abbreviations are typically used for the production factors Land, Labour and Capital?

I often see "L" for Labour and "K" for Capital, as well as "M" for natural resources (i.e. Land) but they don't seem to be applied consistently.
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In economics what is “total of pre-tax income of all citizens” called?

What terminology is used in economics/finance to refer to the total of pre-tax income of all citizens of a country? And where to find that information
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How is the defintion of the mean preserving spread (MPS) not too general?

The mean preserving spread is defined as follows: Consider two lotteries g and h. Let $x_g$ und $x_h$ denote the corresponding random variables. Then h is a mean preserving spread (MPS) of g, if: $...
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What does the adjective “structural” mean in “structural reforms” or “structural effects”?

Economists frequently speak of structural reforms and structural effects. For example, Manmohan Singh (1992): The economic crisis was used as an opportunity to implement basic structural reforms ...
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Understanding the arithmetic in this 1690 text

Nicholas Barbon (1690, A Discourse of Trade) Another use of Interest, is, It is the measure of the Value of the Rent of Land; it sets the Price in Buying and Selling of Land: For, by adding three ...
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Meaning of “let him take Money at Interest, and not buy at Time”

Dudley North (1691): let him take Money at Interest, and not buy at Time What does the above statement mean? I think "take Money at Interest" simply means "borrow at some interest rate". But I ...
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Terminology: _______ financing (meaning financed through the private sector)

I have encountered several similar terms on this notion, including: private sector financing (very clear, but a bit wordy) market financing (somewhat clear, usage seems infrequent) alternative ...
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Is there any academic source that uses the following 'standard broad' definitions of externality?

According to answer to this question by KennyLJ., there exists the following definition of externality: The simple, standard, and broad definition I favor is this: A decision's effects are called ...
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Is the use/consumption of natural resources considered an externality per se?

On a finite planet natural resources are rival goods by definition, i.e. if one agent uses/consumes a natural resource it becomes unavailable for other agents. Mankiw defines an externality as "the ...
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Quarterly GDP growth terminology: YoY vs QoQ

Quarterly GDP growth can be calculated either in terms of YoY change or — in the case of seasonally adjusted data — in terms of QoQ change. (A third option would be to annualize the QoQ rate.) To ...
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Leader-follower-leader games

I am trying to find some literature on a variation of a Stackelberg game in which two players, P1 and P2, interact in the following order: P1 plays P2 plays P1 plays The best guess I have for the ...
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Difference(s) between Rational Expectations Equilibrium and Nash equilibium

What is the major difference between the notion of rational expectations equilibrium and Nash equilibium? And why do we, only, have a rational expectation about the first moment (the price) in the ...
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Definition: Extractive Goods (Comtrades HS-Categorization)

I'm currently writing a paper on China in Africa and I'd like to compare Africas Exports to China with its exports to Europe and the USA. More specifically I'd like to find out if the Exports to China ...
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Is there a clear timeline of ECB/Eurosystem's changes to the defintion of M3 (with regard to repos)?

I found that circa 2012 the ECB/Eurosystem changed their definition of M3 to exclude at least some repos, which previously were included. According to a 2014 Bundesbank publication, the change ...
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Should unemployment caused by the government closing non-essential businesses during quarantine be counted as structrural unemployment?

I have following definition of structural unemployment (taken from "Modern principles of economics" by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok): Long-term unemployment caused by shocks or permanent features ...
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In the context of banking, how (if at all) do the terms 'capital', 'net worth', and 'equity' differ?

In banking, are the three terms capital, net worth, and equity simply identical and exact synonyms? If not, how do they differ? (Aside: And what about in other contexts? For example, does the same ...
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What precisely is scarcity?

I'm aware that certain terms in economics have precise definitions that don't necessarily line up with our intuition about what they mean. I'm currently writing a paper that heavily relies on the ...
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What is a super deduction?

This is a term often encountered in documents published by the Big Four (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse Coopers, KPMG), for instance in the E&Y 2018 Worldwide R&D Incentives ...
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What were “scissors prices” (China, 1950s)?

Chan (2018) writes: Implementing such a strategy, the state siphoned off resources in the rural sector for capital accumulation in industry through the well-known process of "scissors prices". ...
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Can structural unemployment be caused by regulations/laws of the government?

I think yes. Is my reasoning correct? The reasoning: Suppose, for an example, that prostitution was legal, but then the State changed its laws and criminalized prostitution. Has the State created ...
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Can resource be considered scarce if its supply is limited, while quantity of the resource is practically unlimited?

Let's consider energy of our Sun for an example. The Sun will be able to give us lots of energy for millions of years (and even its annual energy output is enormous), it's practically unlimited energy....
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What is the average percent of value an employee makes which he gets on salary (called)?

I'm looking for any statistics showing the average percent of money employees get from the monetary value they create, primarily from the US or EU. Is there a term for this ratio?
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Durable/non-durable good industries

How to define durable/non-durable good industries? For example, is the industry of Wholesale and retail trades defined as durable good industry? Thanks in advance.
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Economies of Scale vs Learning Curve

Is there a difference between the meanings of the terms "economies of scale" and "learning curve"? The term "learning curve" is being used by cost estimators and refers (more or less) to the idea ...
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why is the term fiat money or fiat currency and is it the same as legal tender or are there any differences?

I learnt some very basic economics learning about 2, 2.5 decades back. Recently, while reading some article on the web, I came to know about 'fiat money' and 'fiat currency' but have been unable to ...
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Essential difference between Neo-Classical and Neo-Liberal economical philosophies

From what I learned about Neo-Classical and Neo-Liberal economical philosophies in different sources such as documentary series or Wiki site articles I understand both are "neo" versions of Classical ...
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What's the econ word for “Savings and efficiencies gained via consolidation”?

For example, say you had 5 kitchens making cookies in 5 parts of the city. But, then you bought 1 big kitchen, and moved all of your 5 kitchens to this 1 big location. Due to mass production, we ...
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How do you call systems in which the more you have, the more you make?

I am looking for a term for systems or dynamics in which the ability to earn a particular resource requires having a minimum of that resource available, and grows progressively or exponentially with ...
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What's the opposite of a Pareto improvement called?

Wikipedia defines a Pareto Improvement, "given a certain initial allocation of goods among a set of individuals" as: a change to a different allocation that makes at least one individual or ...
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What does 'currency convertibility' mean?

As a student with almost zero background in economics, I've been struggling to comprehend the notion of the currency convertibility. Most of the definitons I've found online talk about the ease with ...
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Who first used the term “externality” in economics?

Who first used the term externality in economics, as the term is currently used in its modern sense? (I believe it was already used in philosophy to mean something else and the economics version of ...
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Is there a specific term to define costs “internal” & “external” to an industry?

I'm not referring to the typical definitions of industry (internal) & societal (external) costs but rather the costs that can be reduced by a member within an industry (to be competitive) and the ...
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Is there a widely accepted definition of “asset [price] inflation”?

A bit of googling found some conflicting ones... Capel and Houben (BIS) Asset inflation occurs when the prices of financial assets are rising even though they are already above their intrinsic or ...
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Definition of capitalism

Does the discipline of economics have an accepted rigorous definition of capitalism? I.e. not something like "some economists would quote Hayek and say that so and so constitutes capitalism" but an ...
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Is there a term for revenue related to total accumulated revenue?

In a quarterly/annual report, revenue is measured per reporting period, and often there's a comparison to the previous quarter or year-over-year. Is there a more specific term for a) the total ...
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Term for a policy that focuses on minimizing risk

What is the correct economics term for a policy that is focused on containing the spread of risks in the financial sector? I was thinking: risk-targeted policy?
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Name of phenomenon where migrant workers receive decent wage but absolutely no chance of getting any government benefits

Not sure if the title reflects the question very accurately but my question is specific to the Gulf countries which have a huge population of migrant workers, like Saudi and UAE. So, let's say Raj is ...
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Difference between shocks, innovations and disturbances

In macroeconomics and macroeconomic models, shocks, innovations, and disturbances are very prominent and often mentioned in the literature. In general, is there a difference between macroeconomic ...
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What is the proper term for “contraction economics?”

By "contraction economics" I mean theories and work based on the assumption that the population of a country will decline over time. An example might be a paper looking at the housing market for ...
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Preference relations defined by $x_1^n + x_2^n$ converge to $\max\{x_1, x_2\}$

In the problem set 2 of Rubinsteins Microeconomics (btw is there a comparably nice written book on macroeconomics?) there is the following question: Let $\succ_n$ be the preference relations defined ...
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Meaning of $dF(z)$ in expected utility framework

Background: from a Microeconomics course, $F$ is a cdf. In other words, if $F$ has a density function $f$, then $$F(z)={\int_{-\infty}^z f(x) dx} $$ Write the Bernoulli utility function $u:...
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Why was the term 'Economic Rent' chosen? How does it relate to the ordinary meaning of 'rent'?

Pindyck, Rubinfeld. Microeconomics (2017 9 ed). pp. 314-315. Etymonline substantiates that 'rent' originally didn't mean the microeconomics meaning overhead: no surprise, as microeconomics is a ...
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Why is it called Bayesian Persuasion?

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the paper titled "Bayesian Persuasion" by Kamenica and Gentzkow (2011), (you can find it here). I was wondering what are your thoughts as to why it is called "...
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Are social goods and public goods the same thing?

I am confused as to they are the same or different?
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Is rent on a relocation — an example of unfunded liability?

I'm not too sure if the question makes much sense, but let's assume that you get a job offer in SF, and in order to accept, you basically have to sign a 6- or 12-month contract for rent in order to be ...
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Lifeboat vs bailout

I have encountered the term lifeboat in these two contexts: Floating a “lifeboat”: The Banque de France and the crisis of 1889 The 1974 rescue in the UK's secondary-banking crisis. Is the term ...