The market is interested in private wants, but not in public life-saving health care, basic education, or even adequate needs.
Robert Heilbroner intervention may be needed to ensure better answers to WHAT, how, and FOR WHOM questions.
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Markets don't always give us the best possible outcomes.
The markets were dominated by a few powerful corporations.
They want the govern to charge excessive prices, limit output, provide poor ment to fix the mix of output, protect the environment, and service.
Ensuring an adequate level of income for everyone is part of the quest.
Producers are quick to blame government interference for many of their savings.
Some people may not get our economic problems.
The WHAT question can be used to visualize the potential for government intervention.
We want to produce the best mix of output with existing resources.
This goal was illustrated with production possibilities curves.
Our collective social utility can be maximized by the one that maximizes it.
In response to consumer demands, price signals in the market place move factors of production from one industry to another.
There will be more resources allocated to computer manufacturing.
A fall in market prices and sales will encourage producers to stop making computers and offer their services in other industries.
The market mechanism that mix of output that is different from the one society most desires has failed if the invisible hand of the marketplace produces it.
Market failure can lead to government intervention.
Market outcomes are pushed closer to the ideal by the government.
Market failure is the reason for government intervention.
We will look at the nature of the problems and then see why government intervention is needed.
The market mechanism can signal consumer demands for various goods and services.
We express our preferences about what to produce by paying higher or lower prices for some goods.
If the benefits of consuming a particular good are only available to the individuals who purchase that product, this mode of communication will not work efficiently.
You derive a private benefit when you eat a doughnuts, because you get the satisfaction from its sweet, greasy taste.
The decision to purchase the dough vice whose consumption by nut will be determined by your satisfaction, your income, and your one person excludes opportunity costs.
Most of the goods and services produced in the public sector are different from doughnuts, and not just because doughnuts look, taste, and smell different from "star wars" missile shields.
You don't allow others to consume a product when you buy it.
The same pastry can't be supplied to someone else by the same company.
No one else can eat it.
The transaction and product are not public.
National defense does not have the same exclusiveness.
If you buy a missile defense system, you can't exclude your neighbors from the protection it provides.
Either the shield deters would-be attackers or it doesn't.
Both you and your neighbors survive happily ever after, in the latter case we're all blown away together.
National defense is not a divisible service.
There is no such thing as exclusive consumption here.
Nuclear defenses are a communal feat, no matter who pays for them.
A person does not exclude con private good if they eat a doughnuts.
There is a dilemma about the communal nature of public goods.
You have an incentive to hide your desire for someone else's chase.
Neither of us will demand a missile shield for a public good.
Both of us will end up defenseless.
Flood control is a public good.
People in the valley don't want to be flooded out.
Either the entire valley is protected or not.
Everyone is waiting for someone to pay for flood control.
The question is whether we have the ability to exclude non payers.
We don't have that capability in the case of national defense or flood control.
The characteristics of public goods can be found on city streets.
A tollgate on every corner would be impractical and expensive, even if we could restrict the use of streets to those who paid.
Joint or public consumption appears to be the only feasible alternative.
Shawn Fanning had a brilliant idea for getting more music, which was that technology is critical in classifying goods as download it from friends' computers to the Internet.
The audio files were available, but the online file-sharing of ogy that could exclude non payers was available.
In 2000-01, nearly 60 million recording companies were sued for violating the Copyright Act, and the popularity of Napster's software changed.
The free download music was shut down in 2001.
The service was free and one person's consumption was still available from offshore companies.
Most consumers could not be excluded from the service if they played music down way.
When it came to the technical ability to exclude non payers, Napster initially chose not to do so.
Downloads are a private good.
It's technically impossible to exclude non payers from the services provided.
The practice of paying for what you get is upset by the free riders associated with public goods.
I'm not going to complain if I can get all the national defense, flood control, and laws I want without paying for them.
I'm happy to let you pay for the services.
People don't buy what they can get for free.
The result could be a lack of public services.
Robert Heilbroner had in mind a mixture of private and public goods when he spoke of the market's deafness.
The price mechanism won't goods because consumers won't demand purely public goods in the market.
If everyone's preferences were known and reflected production, we wouldn't allocate so many resources to their mix of goods and services.
The market can't allocate enough resources to the production of public goods, no matter how much they are desired.
The term "public good" is being used in a strange way.
Any good or service the government produces is referred to as public good.
The meaning in economics is much more restrictive.
The term "public good" only refers to goods and services that must be consumed by both those who pay and those who don't.
The government or the private sector can make public goods.
Private goods can be produced in both sectors.
The government will have to force people to pay taxes in order to pay for things like flood control, snow removal, and national defense.
The free-rider problem is associated with public goods.
It's not the only reason.
There are grounds for intervention from the tendency of market activities to spill over onto third parties.
Take a look at the case of cigarettes.
The price someone is willing to pay for a pack of cigarettes shows how much satisfaction a smoker expects from its consumption.
Tobacco companies will make cigarettes if the price is high.
Market-based price signals are supposed to work that way.
The price paid isn't a good signal of the product's desirability.
In this case, smoke literally spills over onto other consumers, causing them discomfort and possibly even ill health.
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External costs are associated with the health risks imposed on nonsmokers via passive smoke.
The market price of cigarettes doesn't account for third party costs.
Costs are by someone other than the producer or consumer.
The market will fail to produce the right mix of output because of the difference between the social and private.
External costs cause the market to over produce cigarettes.
People who are willing and able to purchase cigarettes are included in the market demand curve.
The social demand curve is reflected in Figure 4.3.
We subtract the external cost from the market demand curve to find this curve.
The market produces too many cigarettes.
There are externalities in production.
The cost calculations of the firm do not take into account the damage inflicted on neighboring people, vegetation, and buildings.
The pollution problems in lution is not reflected in the price of electricity, the firm will tend to produce more electric your neighborhood than is socially desirable.
Externalities can be beneficial.
Your college is an example.
The students who attend your school benefit from their education.
The students in attendance are not the only beneficiaries of this educational service.
A university's research may yield benefits for the entire community.
Students may share their values and knowledge with family, friends and co-workers.
Positive externalities arise from immunizations.
The social demand for a product is greater than the market demand.
The government may have to intervene in order to get more output.
Goods that have external costs are being overproduced.
There are goods that have benefits.
The market won't produce the optimal mix of output if externalities are present.
We need government intervention to get that mix.
The market fails to achieve the optimal mix of output when the price signal is flawed.
The price consumers are willing to pay for a specific good doesn't take into account the benefits or cost of producing that good.
Even if the price signals are accurate, the market may fail.
There is restricted supply.
Market power can be the cause of a flawed response.
There is only one airline company in the world.
There is only one producer in that industry.
As a monopolist, the airline could charge extremely high prices without worrying that travelers would flock to a competing good or service.
The high prices paid by consumers would show the importance of that service to society.
To change the mix of output, such prices would act as a signal to producers to build and fly more planes.
A monopolist doesn't have to cater to everyone.
It can affect our efforts to achieve an optimal mix of output.
Market power is the ability of a single producer or consumer to change the market price of a good.
You will have to pay the tab if the publisher charges a high price for the book.
There aren't many economics textbooks and your professor requires you to use one.
You don't have power in the textbook market because you can't change the price of the text.
One million students are taking an introductory economics course this year.
The market power is derived from the text.
No one else is allowed to produce or sell this book.
Patents are a common source of market power because they prevent others from making or selling a specific product.
Control of resources, restrictive production agreements, or efficiency of large-scale production can result in market power.
The direct consequence is that one or more producers attain discretionary power over the market's response to price signals.
They may use their discretion to enrich themselves instead of moving the economy towards the optimal mix of output.
The market will fail to deliver the desired goods and services again.
The government has a mandate to prevent or dismantle market power.
This was one of the goals of the antitrust case against Micro vention.
The government was not interested in preventing abuse of market power or breaking Microsoft's monopoly.
It is possible to have one large firm supply an entire market.
Utility companies, local tele in which one firm can achieve phone service, subway systems, and cable all exhibit such scale (size) efficiencies.
The government may have a lot of market supply.
Resource misallocations are caused by public goods, externalities and market power.
Beyond the questions of WHAT and how to produce, we're also concerned about WHOM output.
The market gives a bigger share of output to those with the most money.
This result isn't necessarily equitable.
The market mechanism may enrich some people while leaving others to seek shelter in abandoned cars.
We may want the government to change the distribution of income if the outcomes violate our vision of equity.
The tax-and-transfer system is used to redistribute incomes.
Some of the income received from the market is taken back by the government.
Transfer payments are made to those deemed needy, such as the poor, the aged, and the unemployed.
Payments are exchanged.
They're used to bolster the incomes of those for whom the market is pro to individuals for which no to others.
Our vision of what is too little is often defined by specific goods benefits.
Everyone in the United States is entitled to some level of shelter, food, and health care.
The government is called on to fill in the gaps when the market doesn't distribute the minimum provision.
Private charity alone will suffice if we don't need the government to help the poor.
Private charity has never been enough.
Private charity isn't enough because of the "free-rider" problem.
You benefit from safer streets, a better environment, and a clearer conscience if I contribute a lot to the poor.
If I were the only taxpayer to benefit from the reduction of poverty, charity would be a private affair.
Adding moral arguments to the rationale seems appropriate.
There's a question we've asked under the rug.
We need all available resources and technology to reach the curve.
The market mechanism has price signals.
The validity of those signals depends on a measure of value.
People who own property and people who rent will benefit from rising prices.
Government intervention at the macro level has been prompted by these experiences.
To foster economic growth, the goal is to get us on the production possibilities curve, maintain a stable price level, and increase our capacity to produce.
Specific justifications for government intervention are provided by the potential micro and macro failures of the marketplace.
The question is how well the activities of the public sector correspond to the implied mandates.
Until the 1930s, the federal government's role was mostly limited to national defense, enforcement of a common legal system, and the provision of postal service.
Welfare and Social Security programs, minimum wage laws and workplace standards, and massive public works were some of the activities spawned by the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The federal government played a greater role in protecting the environment and the public's health in the 1950s.
The size of the public sector has increased due to these increasing responsibilities.
The public sector has grown since 1930.
The size of the federal government increased after World War II.
Federal purchases of goods and services for the war made up over 40% of total output.
After World War II, the federal share of total U.S. output fell abruptly, and then rose again during the Korean War.
Most people's perception of government growth is at odds with the decline in the federal share of total output.
Two phenomena explain the discrepancy.
The public sector has grown more slowly than the private sector since the 1950s.
Income transfers don't absorb real resources, but direct expenditure on goods and services does.
Income transfers don't change the mix of output.
The growth of the federal government would be larger if income transfers were included.
State and local governments dominated publicsector spending before World War II.