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LABOR AGREEMENT: A formal, official, legal contract between a firm and the labor union representing the firm's employees. Such an agreement stipulates the various aspects of employment, including wages, fringe benefits, vacations, layoffs, promotions, and grievance procedures. The terms of the agreement are generally negotiated through the collective bargaining process. Should the collective bargaining process breakdown, the terms of the labor agreement might be helped along through a third-party mediator. If this doesn't help, then the labor union might call a strike or the firm might impose a lockout. Once in effect, any questions about the terms of the agreement are often subject to arbitration.

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EQUITY: This has two, not totally unrelated, uses in our wonderful world of economics. The first is as one of the two micro goals (the other being efficiency) of a mixed economy. This use relates to the "fairness" of our income or wealth distributions. The second use of the term equity means ownership, especially the ownership of a business or corporation.

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FLEXIBLE EXCHANGE RATE

An exchange rate determined through the unrestricted interaction of supply and demand in the foreign exchange market. Also termed floating exchange rate, this is one of three basic exchange rate policies used by domestic governments to control their exchange rates with the goal of affecting international trade, balance of trade, and balance of payments. This policy is based on the view that the free interplay of market forces is most likely to generate a desireable pattern of international trade. The other two policies are fixed exchange rate and managed flexible exchange rate.

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