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ADVERSE SELECTION: When a negotiation between two people with different amounts of information, that is, asymmetric information, restricts the quality of the good traded. This typically happens because the person with more information is able to negotiate a favorable exchange. This is frequently referred to as the "market for lemons."

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 5: Policies Page: 17 of 18

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  • The use of government policies to pursue the five economic goals of a mixed economy.
  • The four government policies used to pursue economic goals: fiscal, monetary, regulatory, judicial.
  • The five reasons for government action: instability, public goods, limited competition, externalities, and inadequate information.
  • The four imperfections of government action: voter apathy, special interest groups, re-election minded politicians, and complex bureaucracies.

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CONSUMPTION FUNCTION

A mathematical relation between consumption and income by the household sector. The consumption function can be stated as an equation, usually a simple linear equation, or as a diagram designated as the consumption line. This function captures the consumption-income relation that forms one of the key building blocks for Keynesian economics. The two key parameters of the consumption function are the intercept term, which indicates autonomous consumption, and the slope, which is the marginal propensity to consume and indicates induced consumption. Aggregate expenditures used in Keynesian economics are derived by adding investment, government purchases, and net exports to the consumption function.

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