E Prefix for “electronic,” as in E-BUSINESS, E-COMMERCE, e-banking, e-learning, e-mail. Takes hyphen, although wider use will bring elimination of the hyphen.

Early adopter Company that is quick to recognize the potential of innovative technologies and procedures.

Early retirement Cessation of work before reaching the mandatory retirement age, either voluntarily or as part of a company’s DOWNSIZING.

Earnings per share Company’s consolidated profits divided by the number of ordinary shares, used as a measure of performance.

Easterlin, Richard (1926–) Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California. He is known for his “Easterlin paradox,” which states that happiness at the national level does not increase with wealth once basic ...

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