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One of many choices or courses of action that might be taken in a given situation.


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


Money in the form of paper currency or coins (as distinct from checks, money orders or credit).


A written order to a financial institution directing the financial institution to pay a stated amount of money, as instructed, from the customer's account.


People who use goods and services to satisfy their personal needs and not for resale or in the production of other goods and services.


An amount that must be paid or spent to buy or obtain something. The effort, loss or sacrifice necessary to achieve or obtain something.


The opportunity to borrow money or to receive goods or services in return for a promise to pay later.

Economic Incentives

Factors that motivate and influence the behavior of individuals and organizations, including firms and government agencies. Prices, profits and losses are important economic incentives in a market economy.


Tangible objects that satisfy economic wants.


Money paid regularly, at a particular rate, for the use of borrowed money.


Income received for entrepreneurial skills and risk taking, calculated by subtracting all of a firm's explicit and implicit costs from its total revenues.


The chance of losing money.


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


The exchange of goods and services for money or other goods and services.


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.