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QUALITY OF LIFE: A common term used to indicate the overall level of well-being or welfare of a person or group of people, taking into account both monetary and non-monetary factors. This notion is theoretically synonymous with utility and the satisfaction of wants and needs. However, from a practical standpoint, attempts have been made to measure the quality of life, primarily as a means of comparison between communities. Quality of life measures are composite indexes based on monetary factors such as income, wages, living costs, and taxes, combined with non-monetary factors such as crime rate, air quality, and education level.

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SALES TAX: A tax on retail sales. This is major source of revenue for many state and local governments. Because poorer people tend to spend a larger share of their income on stuff covered by sales taxes, it tends to be a regressive tax. To reduce this regressiveness, some state and local governments excluded items like food and medicine.

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TOTAL UTILITY CURVE

A curve illustrating the relation between the total utility obtained from consuming a good and the quantity of the good consumed. The shape of the total utility curve, increasing at a decreasing rate, reflects the law of diminishing marginal utility. The reason for this is that slope of the total utility curve is marginal utility, meaning the total utility curve can be use to derive the marginal utility curve.

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