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tragedy of the commons
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tragedy of the commons


Government needs to address this situation since it is clearly a tragedy of the commons in the making.
  a metaphor used to illustrate the conflict between individual interests and the common good;

Specifically, a hypothetical example of a pasture shared by local herders. Since nobody has an owner’s incentive to manage the pasture, it is overgrazed and thus ruined.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   tragedy of the commons , black market [3] , public goods [5]
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