„According to a frequently cited definition, economics is the study of “best use of scarce resources.” The definition is incomplete. “Second best” use of resources, and outright wasteful uses, have equal claim to attention. They are the other side of the coin.“

—  Tjalling C. Koopmans, Concepts of Optimality and Their Uses, 1975, p. 239: Lead sentence
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