Normative Statement and Positive Statement

Normative Statement

A normative statement carries judgment. Normative statements are opinions. They are subjective statements. For example, globalization inflicts economic harm to a country is an opinion.

Since they are opinions, they cannot be proven or disproven. Economists tend to stay away from normative statements.

Positive Statement

A positive statement, on the other hand, is a factual statement. They can be tested or proven. These are objective statements.

For example, the unemployment rate in India in 2017 was 7.1%.

The easiest way to discern normative statements from positive statements is to whether the statement is a fact or opinion.

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