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QUASI-PUBLIC: A good or activity that is some, but not all characteristics of a public good or activity. The term quasi-public is often used in connection with business activities that are privately controlled, but which are authorized by government legislation. The Federal National Mortgage Association is one example. Quasi-public is also commonly used in reference to goods that have one but not both of the key characteristics of a public good--nonrival consumption or nonexcludability of nonpayers. Information are transportation examples of quasi-public goods in which nonpayers can be excluded from use (like a private good) but are nonrival in consumption (like a public good).

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Lesson 3: Scarcity | Unit 2: Resources Page: 7 of 17

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Some times the differences between these four resource types are not clear cut.
  • What is the difference between entrepreneurship and labor? Do they have membership cards?
  • What is the difference between labor and capital? Aren't people produced?
  • What is the difference between land and capital? Is farmland natural or is it produced like capital?

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TAX EFFECTS

The primary reason that governments collect taxes from members of society is to finance government operations and provide public goods. However, taxes also create disincentives to engage in the taxed activity, which causes a change in the allocation of resources. This two consequences of taxes are summarized in two essential tax effects -- the revenue effect and the allocation effect. While all taxes have both, the key to effective government is minimize the allocation effect if the goal is to generate revenue and to minimize the revenue effect if the goal is to change the allocation of resources.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time at a flea market looking to buy either a package of 4 by 6 index cards, the ones with lines or a 50 foot extension cord. Be on the lookout for the last item on a shelf.
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Natural gas has no odor. The smell is added artificially so that leaks can be detected.
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