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IMPLICIT COLLUSION: Seemingly independent, but parallel actions among competing firms (mostly oligopolistic firms) in an industry that achieve higher prices and profits, much as if guided by an explicit collusion agreement. Also termed tacit collusion, the distinguishing feature of implicit collusion is the lack of any explicit agreement. They key is that each firm seems to be acting independently, perhaps each responding to the same market conditions, but the end result is the same as an explicit agreement. This should be contrasted with explicit or overt collusion that does involve a formal, explicit agreement.

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Lesson 1: Economic Basics | Unit 5: Policies Page: 16 of 18

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Several problems prevent market deficiencies from being efficiently corrected by government action.

Government imperfections:

  • Voter Apathy: When people don't vote, leaders don't know what the public really wants.
  • Special Interest Groups: Those with influence, can adversely affect government policies.
  • Re-election Minded Politicians: Leaders who please only a few, won't represent everyone.
  • Complex Bureaucracies: Complexity keeps public workers from being responsible for their actions.

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INVESTMENT BORROWING

The acquisition of funds through the financial markets by the business sector which are used to finance investment expenditures on capital goods. In terms of the simple circular flow model, this is one of two basic demands for household saving diverted into financial markets. The other is government borrowing.

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