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English definition of “real wages”

real wages

noun [plural]
 
 
(also real income [C or U])
ECONOMICS the value of money earned by workers in an economy at a particular time, after taking into account the effect of inflation on what can be bought with that money: A decrease in real wages and disposable incomes means that mortgage-payers are really suffering from recent interest rate rises. Real wages have fallen behind inflation, and the income gap between rich and poor continues to widen.
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