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What are the definitions of the terms value, wealth, and utility in economics?

Are there any definitions for the following three terms that are widely agreed upon in economics? Value Wealth Utility In particular, are these terms identical? If not, what differentiates them? I ...
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Statistical distribution of wages and wealth

How are wages distributed globally? Wages do not follow a normal distribution, do they? Is wealth distributed in the same way or differently?
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How do we determine if wealth will be created or destroyed (and how much) when we want to provide (quasi)public goods?

It seems quite simple under framework of free market, when there are no taxes or subsidies,price celling or price floors, etc, that can mess up the market: if there is profit (or will be, according to ...
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Wealth Creation: Where does the money come from?

I'm trying to better understand wealth creation– let's use trade as an example. I've bought a cup for \$2 and sold it for \$10. We've "created some new wealth" there– but without a net increase in ...
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The relationship between indirect utility and expenditure functions

I am trying to understand the fact that $e(p, v(p,y)) = y$. There is a proof in the text Advanced Microeconomic Theory (Jehle and Reny) that states the following: Because $u(·)$ is strictly ...
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Should mean wages increase with inflation?

Should mean wages increase with inflation? If not, why? Has this profound consequences in the redistribution of wealth? (not an expert in economics...I apologise is the question is too naif)
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Is wealth inequality actually a problem

I have been searching around online, but cannot really find an answer to my question. I can find a lot of material covering wealth inequality and how it has developed over time, but haven’t found any ...
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Printing money to redistribute wealth

A fictional country has 100 people. The total printed money is $2000. Ten rich people own half of it ($100 each), the remaining ...
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Why have trickle-down economics failed to trickle down to the middle-class and poor in recent years?

Trickle-down economics, also referred to as trickle-down theory, is an economic theory that advocates reducing taxes on businesses and the wealthy in society as a means to stimulate business ...
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How much the wealth inequality increased in the USA in the last decades?

Are there any studies trying to measure the increase of the wealth inequality in the USA? Say for example how much it increased, comparing with 1990. Or compared with any other moment in time after ...
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How is wealth created? [duplicate]

The production of 'goods and services' and 'innovation' is the usual answer. I feel that doesn't really answer the question. These things can be traded for wealth but they don't generate new wealth. ...
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Did the idea of “making money” originate in the United States?

I am currently reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and I came across an interesting paragraph related to Economics and American History. If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, ...
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Estimating national intangible wealth

I seem to recall reading about the following research regarding "national intangible wealth" (IIRC): For each country, compute the GDP. Convert the GDP to "total national capital" using an interest ...
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Effects of finding infinite gold reserve

Suppose an infinite reserve of gold was found. What would be the consequences to the economy in general. Would it have major negative effects?
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if the richest 85 people give away all their money?

I once heard a fact that the richest 85 people are as wealthy as half the world's population put together. My question is, what does that mean? Does it mean that there is some feasible method in ...
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How is money created?

This might seem like a really simple question, but I am really troubled by it on a macro scale. The money has to come from somewhere. Someone might start up a business that creates things or takes ...
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Meaning of innovation in the wealth creation process

Is there a formal definition or measure of wealth that captures the notion that with improving technology "life gets better"? A stupid example of what I mean would be the invention of the iPhone. I ...
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How to tax the robots?

The Socialist candidate for the upcoming presidential elections Benoit Hamon says he wants to roll out the Universal Basic Income in France, to be paid by "taxing the wealth created by robots" (for ...
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Is worsening wealth inequality intrinsic to Capitalism?

I am but a humble lay person, but I have a question. I've been thinking about wealth inequality and the structure of capitalism. It seems to me that the pay rate for workers accumulates in a linear ...