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SCARCE: The general condition indicating that a good or resource is limited relative to the what people want. In terms of ALL resources and goods throughout society, the related term scarcity is used. Being scarce is what makes it possible to exchange goods and resources through markets, and most importantly, charge a price. If a good is not scarce, which means that the economy has more than enough to satisfy all available uses, then there is no way to sell it. Who would buy such an item, pay a price for it, give up something of value in exchange for it, when it is so abundant? Likewise, if a item is so abundant, using it to satisfy one use does not impose an opportunity cost on other uses.

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REGULATION: Government rules or laws that control the activities of businesses and consumers. The motivation for regulation is that businesses are inclined to do things that are harmful to the public--actions which need to be prevented or otherwise controlled. Regulation is essentially an extension of government's authority to protect one member of society from another. It tends to take one of two forms--(1) industry regulation that's intended to prevent firms from gaining and abusing excessive market control and (2) social regulation that seeks to protect consumers for problems caused by pollution, unsafe products, and the lack of information (market failure).

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EASY MONEY

A general condition of the economy in which money is relatively abundant and plentiful. In modern times, this condition arises when the monetary authority (Federal Reserve System) undertakes expansionary monetary policy. With easy money, interest rates are generally lower, but inflation tends to creep higher. The alternative to easy money is tight money.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time at the confiscated property police auction looking to buy either a graduation present for your niece or nephew or a toaster oven that has convection cooking. Be on the lookout for strangers with large satchels of used undergarments.
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It's estimated that the U.S. economy has about $20 million of counterfeit currency in circulation, less than 0.001 perecent of the total legal currency.
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