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ZONING: Legal restrictions on where different activities can locate within a city. Most cities regulate the location of industrial, commercial, and residential activities. The underlying motivation behind zoning is to keep less desirable, but perhaps more profitable, activities from encroaching upon residential areas.

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Markets do a reasonable, but not make perfect, job of pursuing the five economic goals.

Market Imperfections:

  • Instability: Markets can cause instability in the macroeconomy, preventing growth, stability, and full employment.
  • Inefficiency: Market imperfections can prevent the economy from efficiently using resources.
  • Equity: The market generated distribution of income and wealth might not be desired by society.

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ECONOMIC SYSTEM

The assorted institutions that society uses to answer the three basic questions of allocation and address the fundamental problem of scarcity. Another, more popular term for economic system is economy. An economy, or economic system, is the structural framework in which households, businesses, and governments undertake the production and consumption decisions that allocate limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants and needs.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time wandering around the downtown area looking to buy either any book written by Isaac Asimov or a how-to book on building remote controlled airplanes. Be on the lookout for crowded shopping malls.
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Much of the $15 million used by the United States to finance the Louisiana Purchase from France was borrowed from European banks.
"Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing. "

-- B. C. Forbes, founder, Forbes magazine

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