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HOW?: One of three basic questions of allocation (What? and For Whom? are the other two). Answering the "How?" question of allocation determines how society's limited resources will be combined in the production goods. Do we produce houses with wood or bricks? Do we make cars with automated robots or human labor?

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Lesson 20: Federal Reserve System | Unit 1: The Fed Page: 3 of 20

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  • The basics of how Clarence the King discovered the regulatory function of the modern banking system.
  • That the Federal Reserve System keeps banks operating through a combination of regulatory oversight and emergency reserves.
  • That the Federal Reserve is a central bank, which is a government established and sanctioned bank with assorted financial tasks.
  • That the Federal Reserve regulates the banking system and control the money supply.
  • That the Federal Reserve was established in 1913 to prevent failed banks from shrinking the money supply and causing business cycles contractions.

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FREE-RIDER PROBLEM

A problem underlying the provision of public goods that occurs when a person consumes or benefits from a good without making payment. The free-rider problem is the primary reason that public goods are produced by governments. Because public goods are characterized by the inability to exclude nonpayers, once a public good is produced anyone, everyone, can consume without making payment, that is, get a "free ride." Voluntary payments like those occurring in markets will not provide enough revenue to pay production costs. The only way to finance public goods is to force free-riders, and everyone else, to pay through government taxes. The free-rider problem also applies to common-property goods.

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The portion of aggregate output U.S. citizens pay in taxes (30%) is less than the other six leading industrialized nations -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, or Japan.
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