Glossary Terms:

'Be All You Can Be'...For Minimum Wage?

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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.


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.


Decision made or course of action taken when faced with a set of alternatives.


A conclusion reached after considering alternatives and their results.


Accommodation in houses, apartments, etc.


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


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


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


The state of being poor, variously defined. Sometimes defined relatively--by reference, for example, to the average household income in a nation or region. Sometimes defined absolutely--by reference, for example, to the income needed to provide for adequate food, housing and clothing in a nation or region.


The amount of money that people pay when they buy a good or service; the amount they receive when they sell a good or service.


A good or service that can be used to satisfy a want.


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.


The condition that exists because human wants exceed the capacity of available resources to satisfy those wants; also a situation in which a resource has more than one valuable use. The problem of scarcity faces all individuals and organizations, including firms and government agencies.


Payments for labor services that are directly tied to time worked, or to the number of units of output produced.


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.