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ALLOCATION: The process of distributing resources for the production of goods and services, and of distributing goods and services for consumption by households. This process of allocation is essential to an economy's effort to address the problem of scarcity. An allocation is efficient if the resources, goods, and services are distributed according to the economy's highest valued uses.

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EXHAUSTIBLE RESOURCE: A natural resource that cannot be increased by the natural forces of the environment. The quantities of exhaustible resources are effectively fixed and thus the more used today, the less is available for use in the future. It is possible, and even expected, that exhaustible resources will be exhausted at some time in the future. Common examples of exhaustible resources are the three fossil fuels -- petroleum, coal, and natural gas. The vast array of mineral resources -- iron, silver, gold, and copper -- represent other examples.

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RISK PREMIUM

The difference between a guaranteed or certain income and a risky income that generate the same level of utility. Risk premium is the amount of income that a risk adverse person is willing to pay to avoid the risk. Alternatively, it is the amount of income that a risk loving person is willing to pay to engage in risk. For risk aversion, the risk premium is the amount a person would pay for insurance.

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