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LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE: The proportion of the total noninstitutionalized civilian population 16 years of age and over that is in the civilian labor force. The labor force participation rate is essentially the ratio of the civilian labor force to the total noninstitutionalized civilian population 16 years of age and over. This ratio indicates the proportion of the available "working age" population that is willing and able to work and is either employed or actively seeking employment.

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NOMINAL WAGE: The market wage paid to labor stated in current prices. This is the actual wage received by labor for performing productive work. The contrast is with real wage, which is nominal wage adjusted for inflation. Nominal wage is comparable to other nominals, including nominal gross domestic product.

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A subset of consumer demand theory that analysis consumer behavior and market demand using total utility and marginal utility. The key principle of utility analysis is the law of diminishing marginal utility, which offers an explanation for the law of demand and the negative slope of the demand curve.

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