# Economics (McConnell), 18th Edition

## Chapter 16: Public Goods, Externalities, and Information Asymmetries

### Key Questions

1. On the basis of the three individual demand schedules below, and assuming these three people are the only ones in the society, determine (a) the market demand schedule on the assumption that the good is a private good, and (b) the collective demand schedule on the assumption that the good is a public good. Explain the differences, if any, in your schedules.

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2. Use your demand schedule for a public good, determined in question 1, and the following supply schedule to ascertain the optimal quantity of this public good. Why is this the optimal quantity?

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3. The following table shows the total costs and total benefits in billions for four different antipollution programs of increasing scope. Which program should be undertaken? Why?

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4. Why are spillover costs and spillover benefits also called negative and positive externalities? Show graphically how a tax can correct for a negative externality and how a subsidy to producers can correct for a positive externality. How does a subsidy to consumers differ from a subsidy to producers in correcting for a positive externality?

5. Explain the following statement, using the MB curve in Figure 16.6 to illustrate: "The optimal amount of pollution abatement for some substances, say, water from storm drains, is very low; the optimal amount of abatement for other substances, say, cyanide poison, is close to 100 percent."

6. Place an "M" beside items in the following list that describe a moral hazard problem and an "A" beside those that describe an adverse selection problem.

1. A person with a terminal illness buys several life insurance policies through the mail.
2. A person drives carelessly because he or she has automobile insurance.
3. A person who intends to "torch" his warehouse takes out a large fire insurance policy.
4. A professional athlete who has a guaranteed contract fails to stay in shape during the off season.
5. A woman who anticipates having a large family takes a job with a firm that offers exceptional child care benefits.

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