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WAGE: A factor payment to the owner of labor for using labor services in the production of goods and services. Wages are included in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis under the official title compensation of employees. Wages is the largest of the four factor payments, accounting for about 70% of the income earned by the household sector. The other factors of production (and their corresponding resource) are: interest (capital), rent (land), and profit (entrepreneurship).

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Lesson 9: Macro Basics | Unit 1: The Macroeconomy Page: 3 of 16

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  • The basic definition of an economy, which is an interactive system of production, distribution, and consumption of resources, goods and services.
  • The four macroeconomic sectors of and their expenditures on total production: (a) the household sector and consumption, (b) the business sector and investment, (c) the government sector and government purchases, and (d) the foreign sector and net exports.
  • The primary economic functions of the household sector, which is consumption, the business sector, which is production, and the government sector, which is regulating economic activity.
  • The difference between microeconomics, the study of the parts of the economy, and macroeconomics, the study of the aggregate economy.


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PAPER ECONOMY

Markets, exchanges, and other assorted economic activities that deal with legal or paper claims on physical assets rather than the physical assets. The vast majority of activities for the paper economy take place through financial markets. The paper economy complements production and consumption activities of the real economy that involve product markets and resource markets.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time strolling through a department store wanting to buy either a bottle of blackcherry flavored spring water or a travel case for you toothbrush. Be on the lookout for small children selling products door-to-door.
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Approximately three-fourths of the U.S. paper currency in circular contains traces of cocaine.
"Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think."

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