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total utility for society, but weakens the link between effort and reward and requires government redistribution of income. Income redistribution may increase total utility for society up to a point. At some point, the disincentive effect of income redistribution will decrease the total quantity of production so much that total utility will decrease. An ideal income redistribution program would; (1) transfer most from those with the highest income, (2) transfer most to those with the lowest income, (3) interfere with private market decisions as little as possible, (4) interfere with the incentive for productivity as little as possible, (5) provide as little opportunity for rent seeking as possible, and (6) be as simple and inexpensive to administer as possible. Income redistribution in the U.S. is not ideal, because; (1) the income that funds income redistribution is not necessarily transferred from those with the highest income, (2) most income redistribution transfers are not received by those with the lowest income, (3) income redistribution policies often interfere strongly with private market decisions, (4) income redistribution efforts have a strong disincentive effect on both taxpayers and transfer recipients, (5) income redistribution policies often are subject to rent seeking, and (6) the income redistribution program is very complex. A negative income tax would transfer income to low income households. The basic support amount would be reduced by a fraction of income earned. A negative income tax would have a number of advantages over the current income redistribution program. A family whose income falls below a minimum established for an adequate standard of living is classified as living in poverty. In 2013, the poverty line for a family of four was about $23,800. Poverty rates tend to be higher for minority groups, single parent families, the young, and the poorly educated. There are four keys to achieving financial security; (1) believe that you can achieve financial security, (2) invest in your human capital, (3) make good personal choices, particularly in the areas of health, marriage, and self-control, and (4) get on the good side of compound interest. Questions for Chapter 31 Fill-in-the-blanks: 1. A ______________________ curve contrasts the actual distribution of income with perfect equality. 2. ______________________ ______________________ is developed ability that increases a person’s productivity. 3. A family whose income falls below a minimum necessary for an adequate standard of living is classified as living in ______________________ . 4. ______________________ interest refers to interest paid on interest. 5. The ______________________ coefficient is a measure of income inequality based on the Lorenz curve. Multiple Choice: ___ 1. In a market economy: a. income is distributed based on the productivity of resources b. the resources owned by different households are not all of the same productivity c. Both of the above d. Neither of the above FOR REVIEW ONLY - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION Income Distribution and Redistribution 31 - 14

___ 2. In 2013, the Lowest Income 60 percent of households had about what percentage of total moneyincome? a. 23.4% b. 26.0% c. 46.6% d. 60.0% ___ 3. Households in the Lowest Income 20%: a. usually have at least one full-time, year-round worker b. usually remain in this Group for decades c. Both of the above d. Neither of the above ___ 4. The degree of income inequality can be expressed with a: a. Laffer curve b. Lorenz curve c. Lector curve d. Philips curve ___ 5. Income is more unequally distributed: a. than wealth b. today than it was 40 years ago c. at a point in time than over the course of a lifetime d. Both b. and c. above ___ 6. Human capital can be acquired: a. only through education b. equally well on any job c. more on some jobs than others ___ 7. Wrongful employment discrimination: a. occurs when employers make hiring, promotion, and pay decisions based on factors unrelated to worker productivity b. in competitive markets, puts the discriminating employer at a competitive disadvantage c. Both of the above d. Neither of the above ___ 8. The marginal productivity standard of income distribution: a. provides maximum incentive for productivity b. requires government redistribution of income c. is based on the theory that a dollar of income provides greater utility to a poor person than to a rich person d. All of the above ___ 9. Income redistribution: a. may increase total utility for society b. may decrease the total quantity of production so much that total utility for society decreases c. Both of the above d. Neither of the above ___ 10. The largest income redistribution programs: a. are funded solely by highly progressive taxation b. pay benefits mainly to those below the poverty line c. Both of the above d. Neither of the above FOR REVIEW ONLY - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION 31 - 15 Income Distribution and Redistribution

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    PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS JEFF HOLT S

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    Principles of Economics, 6th Editio

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    Introduction: A Brief History of U.

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    2. Describe the economic cost of th

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    Chapter 1 Scarcity and Choices The

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    Example 5B: At the end of 1982, the

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    Example 11: When Cindy quits her jo

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    consequences may result in failure

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    An upward sloping curve (as in Exam

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    Y Point X Y A 0 1 B 3 3 C 6 5 D 9 7

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    Chapter 2 Trade and Economic System

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    Example 4B: The following quantitie

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    3. For whom to produce? This is det

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    The graph below illustrates the shi

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    The two primary economic systems ar

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    ___ 12. The capitalist vision sees

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    Chapter 3 Demand, Supply, and Equil

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    . For inferior goods, income and de

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    The same information can be placed

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    Not only does a free market elimina

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    Example 17: The graph below illustr

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    Chapter 4 Inflation and Unemploymen

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    Computing the Rate of Inflation The

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    Full Employment Though unemployment

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    3. Cyclical unemployment - due to d

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    During the Great Depression, the ec

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    Appendix: Think Like an Economist -

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    Answer questions 8. and 9. based on

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    ___ 25. The extension of unemployme

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    Chapter 5 Measuring Total Output: G

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    The U.S. is a high per capita GDP c

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    Example 17: In “An International

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    The simple circular flow diagram be

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    2. Explain what nonproduction trans

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    Chapter 6 The Aggregate Market The

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    Example 2C: Assume the same facts a

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    Example 5B: The price of crude oil

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    Price Level Real GDP SRAS AD 2 AD 1

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    Appendix: Why the Aggregate Demand

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    ___ 3. DEF Company can invest in ne

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    2. List and explain the two factors

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    Chapter 7 Classical Economic Theory

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    Notice that the investment demand c

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    Long-Run Equilibrium If Real GDP is

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    Example 6B: When the economy is in

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    Laissez-faire If the economy is sel

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    Chapter 8 Keynesian Economic Theory

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    Example 2B: The graph below illustr

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    Example 5: Assume that the table be

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    “The General Theory” also inclu

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    ___ 8. If the consumption function

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    3. If the MPC is .667, and investme

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    Chapter 9 Fiscal Policy The basic e

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    Keynesian Fiscal Policy Theory and

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    Example 5A: The federal government

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    The Laffer Curve What will happen t

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    Appendix: The Importance of Incenti

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    Chapter 10 Money, Money Creation, a

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    Example 4B: The castaways on Gillig

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    Looking at the balance sheet below,

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    Demand-side One-shot Inflation Exam

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    4. Inflation increases uncertainty

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    life; it came into existence not by

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    calculated by using the potential d

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    Chapter 11 The Federal Reserve Syst

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    5. After Bank X sells the $300,000

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    Low Mortgage Interest Rates Mortgag

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    Relaxed Standards for Mortgage Loan

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    The Bursting of the Housing Bubble

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    On February 17, 2009, the federal g

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    Fed policies caused short-term inte

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    Monetarist Transmission Mechanism C

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    3. Borrowers do not have to seek ou

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    Appendix: Book Review - “The Age

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    ___ 16. The primary source of incom

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    7. According to Alan Greenspan, wha

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    Example 5: In 2015, Taxpayer A had

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    The complexity of the tax law also

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    the current government spending and

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    cut of 1964. The top rate was lower

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    3. How would eliminating the loopho

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    Chapter 14 Economic Growth The basi

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    2. Labor. Labor can contribute to e

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    estricting international trade (e.g

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    An improvement in technology (e.g.

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    The table below shows the economic

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    will increase both Real GDP and per

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    Obstacles to Economic Development f

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    c. Restrictions on international tr

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    Example 25: In Brazil, about half t

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    4. List four ways that governments

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    Chapter 16 International Trade The

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    Other Benefits of Free Internationa

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    Example 6: The graph below illustra

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    competitive disadvantage. But dumpi

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    is only 25% as productive as before

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    Smith was skeptical of government a

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    Chapter 17 Elasticity We are often

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    Example 4A: What is price elasticit

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    Example 5A: Gertie’s Gas and Go i

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    Example 10A: When the price of Good

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    3. a. Which price (or prices) from

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    Chapter 18 Utility The basic econom

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    Nonetheless, society generally assu

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    Example 9: Capital City operates a

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    Marginal rate of substitution - the

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    The diamond-water paradox is the ob

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    Complete the table below to answer

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    4. The graph below shows indifferen

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    Chapter 19 The Firm The basic econo

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    than contributing to team productio

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    1. Difficulty in raising large amou

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    Corporations also use self-financin

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    Example 24: A blacksmith who produc

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    For financing needs, proprietorship

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    5. List two things that the absence

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    Chapter 20 Production and Costs The

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    In Example 5B, Birdwell finds that

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    variable cost initially decreases,

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    Quantity TC MC AFC AVC ATC 0 240 X

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    If the scale of operation is increa

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    average total cost. Average fixed c

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    ___ 11. Concerning the cost curves:

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    5. Complete the following cost tabl

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    Chapter 21 Perfect Competition The

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    Even though a perfect competitor ca

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    Example 6C: This example builds on

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    At what price will there be neither

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    Appendix: Perfect Competition in th

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    Multiple Choice: ___ 1. A perfect c

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    ___ 17. Perfect competition: a. req

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    Answers for Chapter 21 Fill-in-the-

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    Chapter 22 Monopoly Of the four mar

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    3. Exclusive ownership of an essent

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    maximizing quantity (4 units) creat

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    $22 - 20 - 18 - 16 - 14 - Deadweigh

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    2. Negotiating, beginning at a high

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    Legal barriers are created by gover

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    ___ 8. The slope of the demand curv

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    Price Quantity 3. List some of the

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    Chapter 23 Monopolistic Competition

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    For Percomp (the perfect competitor

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    Example 7A: The graph below represe

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    Example 9: The Organization of the

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    Example 12 illustrates the dilemma

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    its current price and quantity. The

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    ___ 14. Game theory: a. is a method

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    Chapter 24 Factor Markets The basic

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    $ $240 - 200 - 160 - 120 - 80 - 40

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    Since producers will attempt to equ

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    were his strikeouts, walks, and hom

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    Multiple Choice: 1. a. 8. c. 15. d.

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    The elasticity of demand for union

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    Example 4A: Assume that the graph b

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    Wage Factory A Quantity of Labor S

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    Chapter 26 Interest, Present Value,

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    An increase in expected rates of re

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    ___ 4. An increase in expected rate

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    Problems: 1. List and explain the t

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    Chapter 27 Market Failure The basic

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    External Benefit If a market genera

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    Example 2: To encourage the consump

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    $100 - 90 - 80 - MSC 70 - $ 60 - 50

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    A common good is nonexcludable. Non

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    Study Guide for Chapter 27 Chapter

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    ___ 5. What government policy would

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    4. Based on the information on the

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    Chapter 28 Public Choice and Govern

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    Candidates and the Median Voter Mod

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    Example 8: According to State and F

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    Example 10: When Elvis Presley was

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