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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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CONSTRAINED UTILITY MAXIMIZATION: The process or goal of obtaining the highest possible level of utility, under given restrictions, when the highest overall level of utility cannot be reached. You might want to check out the utility maximization entry. While the generic notion of utility maximization as the unrestricted pursuit of utility is important to the study of economics and consumer demand theory, it's probably less important to every day decisions than the notion of constrained utility maximization. We seldom achieve the maximize utility outright, but must do the best we can under assorted constraints and restrictions. See budget constraint.

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SELF CORRECTION, RECESSIONARY GAP

The automatic process in which the aggregate market eliminates a recessionary gap created by a short-run equilibrium that is less than full employment through decreases in wages (and other resource prices). The self-correction mechanism is triggered by short-run resource market imbalances that are closed by long-run price flexibility. The self-correction process of the aggregate market also acts to close an inflationary gap with higher wages (and other resource prices).

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