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PHYSICAL ASSET: A productive resource, capital, property, or satisfaction-generating good. Also termed real asset. This should be contrasted with financial assets that are legal claims on physical assets.

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Market is the term we used to indicate voluntary trades among buyers and sellers. These trade involve a mutually agreeable quantity at a mutually agreeable price.

A definition:

A market is an organized exchange of commodities (including resources, goods, and services) among buyers and sellers, during a given time period.

Four important points about markets.

1. Markets are voluntary trades among buyers who want something (the demand side) and sellers who have something (the supply side).

2. The most important items traded are the goods and services that people consume, and the resources used to produce these goods and services.

3. Markets are the voluntary means of facing the scarcity problem. Government is the involuntary way of the facing scarcity problem.

4. Like demand and supply, markets are analyzed over a given time period.


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GOVERNMENT SECTOR

The aggregate macroeconomic sector that includes all levels of government, including federal, state, and local. The primary function of the government sector, also termed the public sector, is to impose resource allocation decisions on the rest of the economy that might not be made otherwise. This is one of the four macroeconomic sectors. The other three are household sector, business sector, and foreign sector.

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