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BROOKINGS INSTITUTION: An independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, education, and publication focused on public policy issues in the areas of economics, foreign policy, and governance. The Brookings Institution takes its name from Somers Brookings (1850-1932) who in 1922 and 1924 founded the Institute of Economics and a graduate school bearing his name. These two institutions and the Institute for Government Research (IGR), which was the first private organization devoted to analyzing public policy issues at the national level, merged in 1927 to create the Brookings Institution. The Brookings Institution is a non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 5: THE Problem Page: 16 of 17

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Can we solve the scarcity problem?

Solutions:

  • Make unlimited resources: A solution to a world constrained by limited resources is a world of unlimited resources. It could happen. But is unlikely, even with technological advances.
  • Make wants and needs limited: Another solution could be that everyone has limited wants and needs. Unlimited wants and needs seems basic to human nature. Would we want to make wants an needs limited?

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AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT PURCHASES

Government purchases by the government sector that do not depend on income or production (especially national income or gross domestic product). That is, changes in income do not generate changes in government purchases. Autonomous government purchases are best thought of as government purchases that the government sector undertake independent of income. They are measured by the intercept term of the government purchases line. The alternative to autonomous government purchases is induced government purchases, which do depend on income.

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