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A sum of money paid regularly to a person, often by a parent to a child; sometimes paid in compensation for services rendered.
One of many choices or courses of action that might be taken in a given situation.
Resources and goods made and used to produce other goods and services. Examples include buildings, machinery, tools and equipment. In the context of credit transactions, capital is one of the Three Cs of Credit. It is an indicator of how creditworthy a prospective borrower is likely to be as determined by the borrower's current financial assets and net worth.
Decision made or course of action taken when faced with a set of alternatives.
An amount that must be paid or spent to buy or obtain something. The effort, loss or sacrifice necessary to achieve or obtain something.
A conclusion reached after considering alternatives and their results.
A characteristic of people who assume the risk of organizing productive resources to produce goods and services; a resource.
Tangible objects that satisfy economic wants.
The quantity and quality of human effort available to produce goods and services.
"Gifts of nature" that can be used to produce goods and services; for example, oceans, air, mineral deposits, virgin forests and actual fields of land. When investments are made to improve fields of land or other natural resources, those resources become, in part, capital resources. Also known as natural resources.
The second-best alternative (or the value of that alternative) that must be given up when scarce resources are used for one purpose instead of another.
A process of manufacturing, growing, designing, or otherwise using productive resources to create goods or services used to to satisfy a want.
Natural resources, human resources, capital resources and entrepreneurship used to make goods and services.
The basic kinds of resources used to produce goods and services: land or natural resources, human resources (including labor and entrepreneurship), and capital.
Activities performed by people, firms or government agencies to satisfy economic wants.
Use money now to buy goods and services.
People employed to do work, producing goods and services.