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VALUE-ADDED TAX: A tax on the extra value added during each stage in the production of a good. Most of the stuff our economy produces goes through several "stages," usually with different businesses. In each stage, resources do their thing to the good to make it a little more valuable. For example, an ice cream store can take 50 cents worth of ice cream, fudge, and whipped topping and turn it into a hot fudge sundae that's valued at $1.50. The efforts of the ice cream resources thus add $1 in value. A value-added tax is based on this extra value. While it's been debated off and on in the United States, a value-added tax is commonly used in Europe.

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  • This diagram depicts the basic circular flow of the economy.

  • The circular flow is the continuous production and consumption interaction among the household and business sectors that takes place through the product and resource markets.
  • Examining the circular flow more closely.

  • Two Sectors:

    • Household
    • Business

    The household and business sectors interact through Two Markets:

    • Product Markets
    • Resource Markets

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An established method or way of performing an activity that is widely accepted throughout society. Institutions provide the rules, guidelines, and structure needed to carry out day-to-day economic activities, such as production, consumption, and exchange.

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