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What is the meaning of factor in the following sentence?

Some also count built-in inflation as a third cause. This factors people’s expectations of future inflation. When prices rise, labor expects an increase in wages to keep up. But higher wages raises the cost of production, which raises prices of goods and services again. When this cause-and-effect continues, it becomes a wage-price spiral.

Source of the sentence: https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-inflation-how-it-s-measured-and-managed-3306170

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I suspect it's a mistake. Normally, one would say they "factor in" -- that is, include its influence.

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    Yeah, they meant to write "factor in." Either that, or it's a really weird use of the word. – codi6 Jul 10 at 12:34
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Yeah, it should be "factors in", as to influence.

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Agreeeing with the above:

To ‘factor in’ means to understand the implications of something, and take it into account when deciding how to proceed.

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