51 51 Quasi-Public Goods u These are goods and services provided by government that could be exclusive. u In other words, these goods and services could be provided by the private sector rather than government u Examples: Education, fire and police protection, highways, etc. Fire and police protection could be provided on a private sector basis. If you want the fire department to respond to a fire call at your home or business, you pay an annual fee for that protection. If you want the police to respond to a burglary call in the middle of the night, you pay an annual fee for that protection. If you do not pay the annual fee, when you call, they just tell you that they are sorry, you are not a subscriber to their services. Well, I hope you can easily see the potential problems that may arise from such a system. Education, fire and police protection, roadway network, minimal health care standards and disease control; all of these have huge spillover benefits or positive externalities associated with their production. The producer of these goods and services cannot reap
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