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ECONOMIC GOALS: The five basic conditions of the mixed economy that are generally desired by society. We typically divide these five into macro goals (full employment, stability and economic growth) and micro goals (efficiency and equity).

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 5: THE Problem Page: 15 of 17

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An important aspect of scarcity is the fact that almost nothing is free.
  • That's why economists are fond of saying: 'There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
We have always faced limited resources and we've always wanted more than we can produce.
  • Scarcity is definitely THE Economic Problem.
  • Everything we do from in economic terms-production, consumption, working, attending college-is directed toward this problem.
  • Scarcity is important to many, perhaps even all, other human activities.
  • Education? Without scarcity, education is not needed.
  • Government? Without scarcity, government is not needed.
  • What about vacations, religion, television?

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CENTRAL PLANNING

A system of extensive central government control of an economy, including organizing production and making allocation decisions. This was the popular method of allocating resources and answering the three basic questions of allocation under communism and socialism economic systems of the Soviet Union, China, and others during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

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The penny is the only coin minted by the U.S. government in which the "face" on the head looks to the right. All others face left.
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