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NATIONALIZATION: The process of a national government taking over the ownership of a private business or industry, usually in conjunction with a major revolution that establishes a communistic or socialist command economy. Nationalization was a common practice, sort of a fad, during the 1950s,1960s, and 1970s. Even non-revolutionary industrialized countries in Europe jumped onto the nationalization bandwagon. The United States also took at stab at nationalizing passenger train service when Amtrak was established in 1970.

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 3: Opportunity Cost Page: 11 of 17

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  • The basic concept of opportunity cost as the highest valued alternative foregone in the pursuit of an activity.
  • How the fact that limited resources have alternative uses intertwines the notion of opportunity cost and the basic problem of scarcity.
  • Why economic cost is synonymous with opportunity cost.
  • Why opportunity cost need not be measured in money terms.
  • The difference between explicit and implicit opportunity cost.

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SEVENTH RULE OF COMPLEXITY

The seventh of seven basic rules of the economy, stating that every action in the complex world has direct and often intended consequences combined with indirect and probably unintended effects.

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