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Asymmetric information and used cars

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Note: This is post #64 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics.

Adverse selection occurs when an offer conveys negative information about what is being offered. For example, in the market for used cars, sellers have more information about the car’s quality than buyers. This leads to the death spiral of the market, and market failure, explains Marginal Revolution University. However, the market has developed solutions such as warrantees, guarantees, branding, and inspections to offset information asymmetry.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

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