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All economic analysis deals with the problem of making choices under conditions of scarcity, and the problem of satisfying people’s wants and needs is as real for Somalia and Haiti as it is for the United States, Germany, and Japan.
The universality of scarcity is what makes economic analysis relevant to all nations, regardless of their level of material well-being or ruling political ideology.
Even though economic problems and the policy instruments available to tackle them vary across nations, economic thinking about these problems can be transferred easily from one setting to another.