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REVENUE EFFECT: The goal of imposing taxes to generate revenue used to finance the operation of government, most notably to finance the provision of public goods. This is one of two reasons, and the primary reason, that governments impose taxes. The other reason is the allocation effect. Governments work the revenue effect because they need access to income and resources to build highways, defend the nation, educate the population, and maintain the legal system. They purchase these resources with tax revenue generated through the revenue effect.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 4: Measuring Income Page: 18 of 25

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The first three related, but slightly different income measures is national income (NI), income earned by the factors of production.
  • National income is the sum of wages (W), interest (I), rent (R), profit (P) and proprietors' income (PI):

NI = W + I + R + P + PI

  • National income is also found by subtracting capital consumption allowance (CCA) and indirect business taxes (IBT) from, and adding net foreign factor income (NFFI) to, GDP:

NI = GDP - CCA - IBT + NFFI

  • And because NDP = GDP - CCA:

NI = NDP - IBT + NFFI


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The decision NOT to do something (such as vote in an election) because the cost of taking the action is more than the expected benefit. The rational decision to refrain from an endeavor is a straightforward application of utility maximization and along with the related notion of rational ignorance, is a source of voter apathy and government inefficiency.

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