Glossary Terms:

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Glossary terms from:
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Barter

Trading a good or service directly for another good or service, without using money or credit.

Business

Any activity or organization that produces or exchanges goods or services for a profit.

Distribution of Income

The way in which the nation's income is divided among families, individuals or other designated groups.

Exchange

Trading a good or service for another good or service, or for money.

Goods

Tangible objects that satisfy economic wants.

Human Resources

The health, education, experience, training, skills and values of people. Also known as human capital.

Income

Payments earned by households for selling or renting their productive resources. May include salaries, wages, interest and dividends.

Job

A piece of work usually done on order at an agreed-upon rate. Also a paid position of regular employment.

Labor

The quantity and quality of human effort available to produce goods and services.

Land

"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.

Money

Anything that is generally accepted as final payment for goods and services; serves as a medium of exchange, a store of value and a standard of value. Characteristics of money are portability, stability in value, uniformity, durability and acceptance.

Production

A process of manufacturing, growing, designing, or otherwise using productive resources to create goods or services used to to satisfy a want.

Resources

The basic kinds of resources used to produce goods and services: land or natural resources, human resources (including labor and entrepreneurship), and capital.

Salary

A regular payment, often at monthly or biweekly intervals, made by an employer to an employee, especially in the case of professional or white-collar employees. Salaries are paid for services rendered and are not based on hours worked.

Services

Activities performed by people, firms or government agencies to satisfy economic wants.

Work

Effort applied to achieve a purpose or result, often for pay; skills and knowledge put to use to get something done; employment at a job or in a position; occupation, profession, business, trade, craft, etc.