Chapter Introduction


Graphs in Economics






Getting the Picture

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Whether you’re reading about economics in the Wall Street Journal or in your economics textbook, you will see many graphs. Visual images can make it much easier to understand verbal descriptions, numerical information, or ideas. In economics, graphs are the type of visual image used to facilitate understanding. To fully understand the ideas and information being discussed, you need to be familiar with how to interpret and construct these visual aids. This appendix explains how to do this.