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BALANCE OF TRADE DEFICIT: An imbalance in a nation's balance of trade in which the payments for merchandise imports made by the country exceed payments for merchandise exports received by the country. This is also termed an unfavorable balance of trade. It's considered unfavorable because more goods are imported into the country than are exported out, meaning that domestic production is replaced with foriegn production, which then reduces domestic employment and income. A balance of trade deficit is often the source of a balance of payments deficit.

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MULTILATERAL: An action, often used in terms of an international trade agreement, that's extended to more than two parties. As such, a multilateral trade agreement is between several countries. For example, the United States might enter into a multilateral agreement with every country in North and South America that reduces trade barriers on the exports and imports of food products. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade is one of the more well known examples of a multilateral trade agreement.

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AVERAGE PROPENSITY TO SAVE

The proportion of household income that is used for saving. The average propensity to save (abbreviated APS) is really nothing more than average saving. Together with the average propensity to consume, it indicates how a given level of income is divided between consumption and saving. A related saving measure is the marginal propensity to save.

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