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Stock Prices: S&P 500

Pollution and monopoly are examples of market failures that occur in instances where Adam Smith's invisible hand of the market fails to yield efficient outcomes. Environmental laws and antitrust policies may resolve these market failures, but they also can reduce corporate profitability. Thus the S&P 500 index will often times be inversely related to levels of economic regulation.

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