Definition of public good in English:

public good

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  • 1 Economics A commodity or service that is provided without profit to all members of a society, either by the government or by a private individual or organization.
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    • The responsibility of corporate executives, politicians, and officials for ensuring that private and public goods and services are safe is practically never enforced in court.
    • They are also protesting the commodification of public goods and services, like water, electricity and garbage collection.
    • We understand our roles in providing public goods and services and stabilising the economy when the private sector is in crisis.
  • 2The benefit or well-being of the public: the frequent conflict between the public good and private interests
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    • If they are able to easily calculate how their choices benefit the public good, they most often make choices that do so.
    • However, sometimes the only benefit is to the public good, and even that is no small thing.
    • With silence, charity will fail both itself and the broader public good.

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