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RENT SEEKING: The inclination of everyone who is alive and breathing to get as much as they can for themselves. These stems from the idea of economic rent, which is a payment over above the opportunity cost. People are said to be rent seeking when they try to get higher wages, more profit, or any other payment over above the minimum they would be willing to accept.

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DOMESTIC SECTOR: The combination of the households, businesses, and governments of a particular nation that undertake consumption and production activity within the political boundaries of that nation. The key point of contrast with the domestic sector is the foreign sector, activity beyond the political boundaries of a nation.

     See also | foreign sector | foreign trade | international trade | international finance | closed economy | open economy | law of comparative advantage | exports | imports | net exports |

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Quantities, usually represented as symbols, that can take on one of a set of values. A variable is "variable" because its value can "vary." A primary goal of economic analysis is to determine the specific value that a variable takes on under specific circumstances.

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