The Social Costs of Crooks, Corporates and Careless Citizens

In economics, an externality is an indirect cost or benefit to an uninvolved third party that arises as an effect of someone else’s activity. Negative externalities can pose a fundamental problem to society. The story of Tony, a fisherman, shows what can happen when negative externalities are not internalized.

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00:00 Introduction
00:44 Environmental impact
01:07 Social behavior impact
01:32 Solution
2:00 Distortion of supply and demand
02:35 Tragedy of the commons
03:01 To prevent negative externalities
03:18 Summary
03:41 What do you think?
04:13 Patrons’ credits
04:22 Ending

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