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BARTER EXCHANGE: A method of trading goods, commodities, or services, directly for one another without the use of money. In a barter exchange one good is traded directly for another. This sort of exchange ultimately requires a double coincidence of wants, meaning that each trader has what the other trader wants and wants what the other has. Without a double coincidence of wants the exchange process can become exceedingly complex, requiring a great deal of resources to complete transactions, resources that can not be used for production. In fact, inefficient barter trading was the primary reason that money was invented. With money, more resources can be used for production and fewer are needed for trading. See market.

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Scarcity is THE economic problem. Investment in capital goods is the source of economic growth and progress that lessens the scarcity problem.
  • Some investment is good, but lot of investment is not necessarily better.
  • If we produce only capital goods and no consumption goods, eventually, with no consumption, people would die.
  • The trick is to strike a balance between capital goods and consumption goods.
  • Answering this question puts us into the realm of normative economics.

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SERVICE

Activities that provide direct satisfaction of wants and needs without the production of tangible products or goods. Like the related term good, a service is produced using society's resources and represents a fundamental aspect of the economy. Limited resources are used to produce the services that satisfy unlimited wants and needs in an ongoing effort to address the problem of scarcity.

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The first U.S. fire insurance company was established by Benjamin Franklin in 1752 in Philadelphia.
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