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Markets and Dignity: The Essential Link (With an Application to Health Care)

Mark D. White

Chapter Chapter 1 in Accepting the Invisible Hand, 2010, pp 1-21 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract As most economists will tell you, markets, under ideal conditions of perfect competition, maximize the allocative and productive efficiency of the economy. Those ideal conditions are familiar to introductory economics students, and include large numbers of buyers and sellers, perfect information about the prices and terms sellers offer, homogeneous products, and no barriers to entry (or exit). If any of these conditions do not hold, then efficiency is compromised, and government intervention (such as price regulation and antitrust measures) is often recommended in order to bring the outcomes of the imperfect competition closer to the ideal of perfect competition.

Keywords: Corrective Justice; Categorical Imperative; Perfect Competition; Imperfect Duty; Libertarian Paternalism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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DOI: 10.1057/9780230114319_1

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