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SCARCE RESOURCE: A resource with an available quantity less than its desired use. Scarce resources are also called factors of production. Scarce goods are also termed economic goods. Scarce resources are used to produce scarce goods. Like the more general society-wide condition of scarcity, a given resource is scarce because it has a limited availability in combination with a greater (potentially unlimited) productive use. It's both of these that make it scarce. In other words, even though an item is quite limited it will not be a scarce resource if it has few if any uses (think pocket lint and free good).

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PURE COMMAND ECONOMY:

An economy, or economic system, that relies exclusively on governments to allocate resources and to answer all three questions of allocation. This theoretical ideal has no markets, government makes all allocation decisions. Then contrasting theoretical ideal is a pure market economy in which markets make all allocation decisions.
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A pure command economy is a theoretical extreme on the spectrum of economic systems that does not actually exist in the real world. It does, however, provide a benchmark that can be used for comparison with real world economic systems.

In pure command economies, governments force all allocation through involuntary taxes, laws, restrictions, and regulations. Governments set forth the laws and rules. If folks do not follow the rules, then they are punished. Governments can punish those who do not follow the rules because... well... because they are the governments. Given a choice, most humans probably would rather NOT pay taxes or have their cars safety inspected. They follow government rules because they have to, because that IS the law.

The real world embodiment of a pure command economy is termed a command economy. The communistic/socialist economies of China and the former Soviet Union are primary examples of command economies.

While, in theory, resource allocation could be undertaken exclusively through markets or governments, in the real world, all economies rely on a mix of both markets and governments for allocation decisions, what is termed a mixed economy.

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