Discuss the issues of externalities, free-riders and the "broken-window" argument as you think it relates to the BP Gulf oil spill.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 2, 2020, 2:03 am ad1c9bdddf
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Plenty of debate about who should clean up the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill exists.
Many believe the company itself should take on the entire operation or pay the entire cost. Others
believe they the effort should be a joint one, with the cooperation of the company and other
agencies. There is no doubt that the spill has created serious problems for fisherman, wildlife, and
for the overall well-being of residents and visitors to the Gulf. Some of the problems include loss of
income for those who have made Gulf fishing and shrimping their livelihoods, contamination and
disease for marine wildlife, and loss of life for those working on the drilling platform.
When the actions of one company affect economic conditions for another it is considered
an externality (Wong, 2000). The explosion and ensuing spill of oil into the gulf has had a dramatic
economic effect on shrimpers and fisherman in the Gulf. "A new report from NOLA Emergency
Response, a local emergency response group in the gulf, says that two pounds of shrimp which were
randomly purchased at a shrimp market in Venice, Louisiana are tainted with oil" (Project Gulf
Impact, 2011). Many shrimpers believe that even if government ...
The solution discusses the issues of externalities, free-riders and the "broken-window" argument as you think it relates to the BP Gulf oil spill.