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AGGREGATION: The process of adding up, summing, or otherwise identifying the total value of a variable or measure, especially when used in the study of macroeconomics. Common items that are aggregated are demand, supply, and expenditures on gross domestic product, which result in aggregate demand, aggregate supply, and aggregate expenditures.

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Lesson 11: Elasticity Basics | Unit 2: A Little More Page: 8 of 25

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  • Governments levy taxes for two reasons:

    1. Revenue Generation: To collect the revenue needed to operate and to provide public goods.
    2. Resource Allocation: To change the allocation of resources and to alter the production and consumption of specific goods.

  • Elasticity determines how effectively a tax achieves it's desired goal.

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NONPAYER EXCLUDABILITY

Whether or not nonpayers can be excluded from consuming a good. In other words, can those who do not pay for a good be excluded from consuming the good. Nonpayer excludability is based on the ability to possess and transfer property rights or ownership of a good. For some goods, nonpayers can be easily excluded from consumption because property rights are well-defined and easily controlled. For other goods nonpayers cannot be easily excluded from consumption because property rights are not well-defined and cannot be easily controlled. When combined with consumption rivalry, the result is four alternative types of goods -- private, public, common-property, and near-public.

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Only 1% of the U.S. population paid income taxes when the income tax was established in 1914.
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