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Chapter 17 Sec 3. Capitalism  Capitalism- An economic system in which private citizens own and use the factors of production in order to seek a profit.

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1 Chapter 17 Sec 3

2 Capitalism  Capitalism- An economic system in which private citizens own and use the factors of production in order to seek a profit.  Free Enterprise- Another term to describe the American economy. Competition is allowed to flourish with a minimum of government interference - (Characteristic)- nation’s economy ability to grow and accumulate, or collect wealth

3 6 Features of Free Enterprise --US Markets Economic Freedom Private Property Competition Profit Motive Voluntary Exchanges

4 What makes Capitalism Work  Markets- Markets connect different sectors of the economy - Consumer Sovereignty- Used to describe the consumer as the “king,” or ruler, of the market, the one who determines what product to produce.  Economic Freedom- Freedom to make our own economic decision. - choose the type of occupation - choose the products we want - produce the products we want - consequences of our choices

5 What makes Capitalism Work continued  Private Property Rights- The right we have the freedom to own and use, or dispose of our own property as we choose. - Incentive to work, save and invest.  Competition- The struggle between buyers and sellers to get the best products at the lowest price. - cost of production is low and quality is high - rewards efficient producers

6 What makes Capitalism Work continued The Profit Motive-  Profit – The amount of money left over after all the costs of production have been paid.  Profit Motive- The driving force that encourages individuals and organization to improve their material well- being. - Responsible for the growth of a free enterprise system.  Voluntary Exchange- The act of buyers and sellers freely engaging in market transactions.

7 History of Capitalism  In 1776 Adam Smith, a Scottish philosopher and economist provide a philosophy for the capitalist system in his book The Wealth of Nations. -individuals would work for their own self interest. - They would be guided by an “invisible hand” to use resources efficiently.  Laissez-faire Economics- a French term, means “to let alone” - Gov’t should not interfere in the market place. (competition)

8 Capitalism

9 6 Features of Free Enterprise --US Markets Economic Freedom Private Property Competition Profit Motive Voluntary Exchanges


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