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DISPOSABLE INCOME AND PERSONAL INCOME: Disposable income (DI) is the total income that can be used by the household sector for either consumption or saving during a given period of time, usually one year. Personal income (PI) is the total income received by the members of the domestic household sector, which may or may not be earned from productive activities during a given period of time, usually one year. Disposable income is after-tax income that is officially calculated as the difference between personal income and personal tax and nontax payments. In the numbers game, personal tax and nontax payments are about 15 percent of personal income, which makes disposable personal income about 85 percent of personal income.

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Lesson 9: Consumer Demand | Unit 2: Total Utility Page: 9 of 22

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In this unit, you should have learned about:
  • Total utility as the total satisfaction obtained from consuming one or more goods.
  • That utility is measured by utils, which is a hypothetical and unrealistic measure, but helps illustrate the utility concept.
  • The total utility schedule as a table relating total utility and the quantity consumed.
  • How total utility increases with the quantity consumed, but reaches a peak, then declines.
  • The motivation of utility maximization, but that consumers are typically faced with constrained utility maximization.

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CORPORATE PROFITS DISTRIBUTION

Corporate profits are the excess revenue received by corporations over their accounting costs of production. Total corporate profits are distributed in three ways. One portion is used to pay corporate profits taxes. A second is undistributed corporate profits retained by corporations to finance capital investment. And a third is then paid out as dividends to shareholders, or corporate owners.

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