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1 Economic Systems

2 Chapter 2: Economic Systems
Introduction to Economic Systems Chapter 2: Economic Systems An economic system is the way in which a society uses its resources to satisfy its people’s unlimited wants. It answers the 3 economic questions.

3 Types of Economic Systems
Introduction to Economic Systems Types of Economic Systems Two basic systems: command, and market economies The other: Mixed economies have features of more than one type of system

4 Types of Economic Systems
TYPE 1: Command Economy government makes economic decisions determines what to produce; how to produce; who gets products Wants of individual consumers rarely considered Government owns means of production: resources and factories

5 Types of Economic Systems
TYPE 2: Market Economy driven by choices of consumers and producers consumers spend money, go into business, sell their labor as they wish producers decide how to use their resources to make the most money Consumers, producers benefit each other when they act in self-interest

6 Reviewing Key Concepts
Use each of the terms in a sentence: command economy market economy

7 Command Economies Government Controls
Command economy—central government makes all decisions Decides for whom to produce in part by setting wages only some people have money to buy available products

8 Government Controls: Command Economy
Socialism and Communism Karl Marx influenced some societies to adopt command economies socialism—government owns some of the factors of production communism—no private property; little political freedom EX: Some say President Obama is moving towards a Socialist society Democratic socialism est. under a democratic political process govt owns basic industries, other industries private, central planners make decisions for government-owned industries, central planners might control other sectors, such as health care

9 Command Economies Today
No pure command economies today because modern telecommunications has brought about change Some economies still have mostly command elements, such as North Korea, Cuba

10 Command Economies Today
North Korea Communist North Korea used resources for military, not necessities built large army; nuclear weapons program In 1990s and early 2000s, millions died of hunger, malnutrition In 1990s, production decreased and economy shrank Since 2003, some market activity allowed

11 Command Economies Today
Impact of Command Economies In theory, command systems fair to everyone; In practice, many disadvantages central planners do not understand local conditions workers have little motivation to be productive or conserve resources artificially low prices lead to shortages people sacrificed to carry out centrally planned policies

12 Reviewing Key Concepts
Write a brief paragraph explaining the links between the following three terms: centrally planned economy socialism communism

13 Fundamentals of a Market Economy
Market Economies Fundamentals of a Market Economy Private property rights—right to own businesses & resources Property means material objects, money, intellectual property, labor Market—place or situation where people buy & sell goods & services

14 Fundamentals of a Market Economy
Private Property & Markets Private property rights must be defined and protected by law Buyers must be sure sellers have right to sell products they offer Sellers must be sure they will be paid for their products

15 Fundamentals of a Market Economy
Limited Government Involvement Laissez faire—government should not interfere in economy Capitalism—system having private ownership of factors of production says producers will create products consumers demand Actual market economies all have some government involvement

16 Fundamentals of a Market Economy
Voluntary Exchange in Markets Voluntary exchange—traders believe they get more than they give up In market economy, most trade is exchange of product for money Profit—financial gain from business transaction

17 Fundamentals of a Market Economy
Competition & Consumer Sovereignty Competition—sellers’ efforts to get business by offering best deal Consumer sovereignty—buyers choose products, control what is produced Competition controls self-interested behavior sellers offer low price or high value to please consumers, make profit

18 Fundamentals of a Market Economy
Specialization & Markets Specialization—people concentrate their efforts in the activities they do best encourages efficient use of resources leads to higher-quality, lower-priced products

19 Circular Flow in Market Economies
Circular flow model illustrates how interactions occur in a market economy between the 2 key decision makers: households, businesses

20 Circular Flow in Market Economies
Product Markets Product market—market where goods and services bought and sold includes all purchases by individuals from businesses

21 Circular Flow in Market Economies
Factor Markets Factor market—market for the factors of production land, labor, capital, entrepreneurship Individuals own all factors of production own some outright, such as labor; some indirectly, such as stocks individuals are producers; businesses are customers

22 Impact of Market Economies
Late 1940s to early 1990s, many countries had command systems U.S.S.R., Eastern Europe, China, much of SE Asia, Cuba, North Korea Most of these countries have now adopted market systems remaining communist countries using some market measures

23 Impact of Market Economies
Advantages Individuals free to make economic choices, pursue own work interests Less government control means political freedom, less bureaucracy Locally made decisions mean better use of resources, productivity Profit motive ensures resources used efficiently, rewards hard work resulting competition leads to higher-quality, more diverse products

24 Impact of Market Economies
Disadvantages Pure market economy has no way to provide public goods and services Does not give security to sick or aged During U.S. industrial boom, business owners rich, workers low pay Businesses did not address problems caused by industrialization Industrialized societies adopt some government control of economy

25 Reviewing Key Concepts
Explain the relationship between the terms in each of these pairs: private property rights and market laissez faire and capitalism specialization and profit factor market and product market

26 Today’s Mixed Economies
Modern Economies in a Global Age Today’s Mixed Economies KEY CONCEPTS Mixed economy has elements of traditional, command, market systems most common type of economic system Traditional, command, market economies adopt elements from others

27 Today’s Mixed Economies
Life in a Mixed Economy Family farming in U.S. serves as example of mixed economy traditional: all members of family help bring in harvest command: affected by government—public school, roads, Social Security market: own land, sell their products in competitive market

28 Today’s Mixed Economies
Types of Mixed Economies Most economies emphasize one type; U.S. basically has market system Many European countries greater mix of market and command elements France—government controls some industries; provides social services Sweden—state owns part of all companies; lifelong benefits, high taxes Namibia—traditional; state supports market, foreign investment

29 Trends in Modern Economies
KEY CONCEPTS Economies change in response to natural, social, political changes East European economies changed after fall of communism

30 Trends in Modern Economies
TREND 1: Changes in Ownership Economies in transition often go through changes in ownership To nationalize is to change from private to government ownership To privatize is to change from government to private ownership

31 Trends in Modern Economies
TREND 2: Increasing Global Ties Growth of global economy—economic actions across national boundaries recent agreements open up world markets to trade among countries fast, safe, cheap transport of resources, products eases distribution phone, computer links make financial transactions quick, inexpensive cross-border business partnerships lower research, production costs

32 Reviewing Key Concepts
Write a sentence that illustrates the meaning of each of the following terms: mixed economy Nationalize Privatize global economy

33 Case Study: Contrasting Economies: North Korea and South Korea
Background Korea was a single country until end of World War II North Korea has communist government, command economy South Korea is democracy with market economy What’s the Issue? How effective are command and market economies? Thinking Economically Based on documents A and C, in which country does the government appear to be more involved in controlling business and the economy? Based on documents A and C, what can you infer about the effects of government activities on productivity in the two nations? In today’s global economy, is a command economy or a market economy more likely to succeed? Support your answer with information presented in the three documents.

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