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LAISSEZ FAIRE: A french term that translates into "leave us alone." It has become the rallying cry for many business leaders of the second estate who oppose government intervention, regulation, or even taxation. It's based on the belief that markets alone can achieve an efficient allocation of our resources. This laissez faire philosophy of should be contrasted directly with the philosophy of paternalism, which essentially says "Government needs to care for you because you can't care for yourself."

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WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION: An international organization that oversees multilateral trade among nations. The World Trade Organization, or WTO, was established in 1995 by the Uruguay round of trade negotiations to replace the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) that had been in place for the preceding five decades. The WTO administers multilateral trade agreements, provides a forum for trade negotiations, handles trade disputes, monitors national trade policies, and provides technical assistance and training for developing countries. The WTO has about 150 member countries.

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EQUITY

This has two, not totally unrelated, uses in economics--one of five economic goals and ownership of an asset. As an economic goal, one of the two microeconomic goals, achieving equity means that income and wealth are distributed in a fair manner. What is meant by "fair" is subject to continuing debate. As ownership, equity typically refers to the ownership of a corporation, especially corporate stock. An equity market, as such, is another term for a stock market that trades ownership stock of corporations.

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