A subsistence economy is an economy which refers simply to the gathering or amassment of objects of value; the increase in wealth; or the creation of wealth. Capital can be generally defined as assets invested with the expectation that their value will increase, usually because there is the expectation of profit, rent, interest, royalties, capital gain or some other kind of return. However, this type of economy cannot usually become wealthy by virtue of the system, and instead requires further investments to stimulate economic growth. In other words, a subsistence economy only possesses enough goods to be used by a particular nation to maintain its existence and provides little to no surplus for other investments. Therefore, this type of economy aims to create economic stability so that capital can be accumulated and the inevitable economic surplus can be invested in other potentially lucrative business ventures. A subsistence economy also has no money of any sort.
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Tue, 21 May 2013 00:27:53 -0700
... unattainable, by providing an academic education for all, we could have made better provision for the hundreds of thousands of young people who left schools unprepared for tertiary education and unequipped to enter anything but a subsistence economy.
Fri, 17 May 2013 05:26:58 -0700
His way of life, a subsistence economy which survived the arrival of snowmobiles, food stamps, and online shopping at Walmart, was also threatened. The migration habits of the animals and fish on which the John family and others depend have changed ...
Tue, 14 May 2013 07:12:39 -0700
According to the 2002 National Population census, 32% of the population was in the money economy and 68% were in the traditional subsistence economy. Museveni said this coupled with the challenge of inadequate infrastructure especially electricity ...
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Thu, 16 May 2013 11:00:15 -0700
Boo makes this clear in a brisk digression to a rural region of western India where thousands of farmers, forced out of a subsistence economy into a globalized one, have killed themselves in the previous decade. Here, many citizens have not only ...
Wed, 15 May 2013 17:02:49 -0700
Most important, selling corn whiskey was crucial to land-owning farmers in a semi-subsistence economy in the mountains. They needed the extra cash to pay property taxes and make mortgage payments. The market for illegal moonshine persisted.
Wed, 08 May 2013 14:42:42 -0700
Whereas the majority of women remain attached to the household, all too often the men are involved in livelihoods that take them far from their families, introduce them into the monetary economy (away from the subsistence economy), and instruct them in ...
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:24:10 -0700
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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:58:26 -0700
Outside a few oil enclaves, South Sudan remains a relatively undeveloped, subsistence economy. It has vast and largely untapped natural resources and opportunities abound for visible improvements in the quality of peoples' lives, but there are also ...
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