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This is " The Tragedy of the Commons " from our Principles of Economics: Microeconomics course. In this video, we take a look at common goods. Common resources are

This is "The Tragedy of the Commons" from our Principles of Economics: Microeconomics course.

In this video, we take a look at common goods. Common resources are non-excludable but rival. For instance, no one can be excluded from fishing for tuna, but they are rival — for every tuna caught, there is one less for everyone else. Non-excludable but rival resources often lead to what we call a “tragedy of the commons.” In the case of tuna, this means the collapse of the fishing stock. Under a tragedy of the commons, a resource is often overused and under-maintained. Why does this happen? And how can we solve this problem? Like we’ve done so many times throughout this course, let’s take a look at the incentives at play. We also discuss Nobel Prize Winner Elinor Ostrom’s contributions to this topic.

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