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Activating the Economic Processes to Meet Human Material Need and to Satisfy Human Wants

  • Edward J. O’Boyle
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Abstract

All economic systems are organized around four economic processes — production, distribution, exchange, and consumption — and four economic functions — transforming, moving, transferring, and using. A fifth central function, which derives from the other four but is not subordinate to them, is providing employment opportunities. The fmal purpose of the system is to meet the two principal aspects of human material need — physical need and the need for work as such — and to satisfy human wants.

Keywords

Distributive Justice Economic Change Economic Process Human Material Individual Freedom 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward J. O’Boyle
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  1. 1.Louisiana Tech UniversityUSA

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