Lecture 26-The Role of Government

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January 21, 2010
ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN A MARKET ECONOMY
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1) Monopoly
2) Externalities
3) Public Goods
II. Alter Distribution of Income
Tax/transfer programmes
Public and Private Goods
I. Two Characteristic of Goods
Excludability: a person can be excluded form using a good
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II. Pure Private Goods: (1) excludable
(2) rival
Example: Ice cream sundae
Pure Public Goods: (1) non-excludable
(2) non-rival
Example: National defense
Criminal Justice System
Key Result: private market cannot produce public goods
LIGHTHOUSE:
Public Good: (1) non-excludable (2) non-rival
Value to each ship owner: $5,000
Number of ship owners: $2,000
Total Value: $10 million
Cost: $1 million
Total Value > Cost => efficient to build
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