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GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES LESS CURRENT SURPLUS OF GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES: The difference between transfer payments from the government sector to the business sector and "profit" received by government-operated "firms." This composite item is one of several differences between national income (the resource cost of production) and gross (and net) domestic product (the market value of production) in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. This item tends to be relatively small, invariably less than 1 percent of gross domestic product.

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Lesson 10: Gross Domestic Product | Unit 2: Looking Behind GDP Page: 7 of 25

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Slice A includes market transactions that are NOT economic production, and are excluded from GDP.

Two activities in slice A:

  • Future production. Intermediate goods will become part of GDP in the future when production is finished. To avoid double counting, we exclude these market transactions.
  • Past production. Used items (cars, houses) produced before the start of our current time period. Because they are not current production and were included in GDP in a previous year, they are excluded from GDP

Slice A is excluded from GDP.


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RATIONAL BEHAVIOR

The notion that people make decisions based on the desire to obtain the greatest amount of satisfaction. Rational behavior essentially means that people prefer more to less. The presumption of rational behavior underlies most economic analysis, especially that applied to consumer demand theory.

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