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INCOME DISTRIBUTION: The manner in which income is divided among the members of the economy. A perfectly equal income distribution would mean everyone in the country has exactly the same income. The income distribution in the good old U. S. of A., while more equal than most nations of the world, is far from perfectly equal. A certain amount of inequality in the income distribution is to be expected because resources are never equally distributed. Some labor is naturally going to be more productive--better able to produce the stuff that consumers want--and thus get more income. The same is true for capital, land, entrepreneurship. However, without government intervention, an unequal distribution of income tends to perpetuate itself. Those who have more income, can invest in additional productive resources, and thus can add even more to their income.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 3: Two Views of GDP Page: 15 of 25

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The four sectors of the economy buy ALL current economic production and when aggregated give us GDP.

The four sectors and their expenditures:

  1. Household: Consumption (C).
  2. Business: Investment (I).
  3. Government: Government Expenditures (G).
  4. Foreign: Net Exports (X-M), the difference between Exports (X) and Imports (I).
Expenditures on GDP: GDP = C + I + G + (X-M)
  • C, I and G buy not just domestic goods and services, but also imports.
  • When we aggregate C, I, G and X we have domestic production plus imports. To measure only domestic production, we subtract imports (M).

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MARKET

The organized exchange of commodities (goods, services, or resources) between buyers and sellers within a specific geographic area and during a given period of time. Markets are the exchange between buyers who want a good (the demand-side of the market) and the sellers who have it (the supply-side of the market).

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