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PATERNALISM: A fundamental philosophical viewpoint that the private sector (households and businesses) needs to be watched over--like a parent--by the public sector (government). In other words, members of society need to be watched over, cared for, and kept out of trouble, like parents watch over, care for, and keep their children out of trouble. This philosophy of paternalism should be contrasted directly with the philosophy of laissez faire, which essentially says "Hey, we're all grown ups here, we can make our own decisions."

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SWITCHING POINT: The price/time at which the economy switches from the use of one (usually finite) natural resource to a substitute resource. The switching point is reached because increases in scarcity rent and marginal extraction cost cause a gradual depletion of a finite natural resource. As the price rises, buyers search for less expensive substitutes. Eventually the price of a finite resource is equal to the price of a substitute resource. This is the switching point. For example, we are not likely to awaken one day to discover the world's oil supply is gone. Before such time occurs, we will have switched to substitute products like oil shale, gasohol, geothermal, or solar.

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INFORMATION

The transfer of knowledge from one person to another. Information is a flow concept. It requires someone (or something) to do the sending and someone to do the receiving. Information is a valuable commodity that provides benefits, but also incurs an opportunity cost to produce, meaning information is never perfect or complete. The existence of asymmetric information (some have more information than others) gives rise to the problems of adverse selection, moral hazard, and the principal-agent problem.

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