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FACTOR ACCUMULATION: An increase in the quantity of the four basic factors used to produce goods and services in the economy--labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship. Increases in these "factors of production" enable an economy to produce more goods and services and therefore the long-run expansion of the economy's ability to produce output--that is, economic growth. Economic growth however, is made possible not only by increasing the quantity of the economy's resources, but also by increasing their quality.

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WAGNER ACT: An alternative title of the National Labor Relations Act passed in 1935, this modified and replaced the National Industrial Recovery Act that was declared unconstitutional earlier in the year. The Wagner Act was a major labor union promoting act under New Deal program of the Roosevelt administration The Wagner Act, also going by the acronym NLRA, outlawed unfair labor practices by employers, such as the refusal by a firm to negotiate with a union representing a majority of its employees. It also established the National Labor Relations Board, which oversees labor activities.

     See also | labor union | National Industrial Recovery Act | collective bargaining | National Labor Relations Board | Norris-LaGuardia Act | open shop | union shop | closed shop | right to work | Taft-Hartley Act |

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The wearing out, breaking down, or technological obsolescence of physical capital that results from use in the production of goods and services. To paraphrase an old saying, "You can't make a car without breaking a few socket wrenches." In other words, when capital is used over and over again to produce goods and services, it wears down from such use.

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