virtuous circle

variants: or virtuous cycle

Definition of virtuous circle

: a chain of events in which one desirable occurrence leads to another which further promotes the first occurrence and so on resulting in a continuous process of improvement But the economy is depressed, in large part, because of the housing bust, which immediately suggests the possibility of a virtuous circle: an improving economy leads to a surge in home purchases, which leads to more construction, which strengthens the economy further, and so on.— Paul Krugman

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Florida, Tennessee and Texas don’t have income taxes and have experienced this virtuous circle in recent years. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Connecticut Voters Wonder Who’ll Stop the Rain," 5 Oct. 2018 As Adam Gopnik noted in a review of Mr Sharkey’s book for the New Yorker, a virtuous circle started to roll. The Economist, "Shining light on Latin America’s homicide epidemic," 5 Apr. 2018 Moreover, all but three of 20 FTA partners entered their FTA with the U.S. during this 16-year period, so even these favorable numbers probably do not capture all the long-term effects of the virtuous circle. Frank Lavin And, WSJ, "Trade Agreements Are the Answer to Trade Deficits," 8 Mar. 2018 Foxtrot’s hybrid model supports both parts of the business in a virtuous circle. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can this startup reinvent the corner store without killing it?," 19 Mar. 2018 The long-term virtuous circle is that FTAs drive volume, volume drives familiarity and management focus, focus drives additional improvements and second-order benefits, and all of this in turn drives more volume. Frank Lavin And, WSJ, "Trade Agreements Are the Answer to Trade Deficits," 8 Mar. 2018 On corruption, however, the leftist government of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras still has far to go in ensuring a virtuous circle of honesty and openness. The Christian Science Monitor, "Behold Greeks bearing a gift," 8 Mar. 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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