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This chapter provides a general definition of a system in economics, and shows how to go about defining such a system in practice. It argues that the ideal scope of an economic analysis is the system, and explains the types of problems that can occur by ignoring the system and focusing narrowly on the relationship of interest. These problems are illustrated in applications to labor supply in Europe, worker motivation in the American steel and aircraft industries, and children’s rights in Nigeria.


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  1. 1.Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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