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INFLATION PROBLEMS: Two notable problems are associated with inflation: uncertainty and haphazard redistribution. Inflation, especially inflation that varies from month to month and year to year, makes long-term planning quite difficult. Prices, wages, taxes, interest rates, and other nominal values that enter into consumer, business, and government planning decisions can be significantly affected by inflation. Moreover, inflation tends to redistribute income and wealth in a haphazard manner; some people win and some people lose. But this redistribution might not that desired by society, failing to promote any of the basic economic goals of efficiency, equity, stability, growth, or full-employment.

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Lesson 5: Market Demand | Unit 5: Scarcity Page: 19 of 20

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Demand is closely related to the scarcity problem, especially unlimited wants and needs.
  • Scarcity arises because society has limited resources but unlimited wants and needs.
  • The connection between demand and scarcity is:
    • The demand side of the markets comes directly from the unlimited wants and needs side of the scarcity problem, and
    • The supply side of the market comes from the limited resources side of the scarcity problem.

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SCARCE

A condition in which a given good or resource is limited relative to its desired uses. This is a special condition of the general condition of scarcity. A scarce good or resource is typically exchanged through markets and carries a positive price.

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