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1 Economic Resources and Systems
Chapter 2 Economic Resources and Systems

2 2.1 Economic Resources Societies have to deal with shortages of resources just as individuals do. Lack of resources is called Scarcity. There are limited resources for satisfying unlimited wants and needs. Since this is true, having one thing may mean giving up something else.

3 Having Something – Giving up Something Else
Restaurant owner may pass up on plans for a costly new décor in order to have money to put into kitchen equipment. City government might decide to cut expenses for most services to be able to hire more police officers.

4 Factors of Production All the economic resources necessary to produce a society’s goods and services. 4 Factors of Production: Natural Resources Labor Resources Capital Resources Entrepreneurial Resources

5 Natural Resources Raw materials from nature that are used to produce goods. Renewable Resources such as wheat and cattle can be reproduced. Nonrenewable Resources such as coal, iron, and oil are limited.

6 Labor Resources Every type of business needs labor resources to produce goods and services. People who make the goods and services for which they are paid are labor resources. Skilled vs. Unskilled Physical vs. Intellectual Teachers, coal miners, bank managers, and farm workers are all human resources.

7 Capital Resources Not the same as capital or money!!!!!
Things that are used to produce goods and services.(Capital goods) Buildings Material Equipment Delivery trucks, supermarkets, cash registers, medical supplies, tractors, Headquarters of a major firm, or even a computer.

8 Entrepreneurial Resources
Entrepreneurial Resources are used by the people to recognize business opportunities and start businesses. Entrepreneurship is the process of recognizing a business opportunity, testing it in the market, and gathering the resources necessary to start and run a business. Entrepreneur is an individual who undertakes the creation, organization, and ownership of a business. He or she accepts the risks

9 2.2 Economic Systems Economics is the study of how individuals and groups of individuals strive to satisfy their needs and wants by making choices. No society has enough productive resources available to produce everything people want or need.

10 Societies make economic decisions about how to meet the needs of people by answering three basic economic questions. What should be produced? How should it be produced? Who should share in what is produced?

11 Different Types of Economies
Market Economies Command Economies Mixed Economies

12 Market Economy An economic system in which the economic decisions are made in the marketplace. Private enterprise Free enterprise Capitalism Resources are privately owned.(Homes, land, and businesses) Business owners decide what to sell and how much to charge. Consumers choose their occupations, where to live, and where and what to buy. Uneven distribution of income. US, France, Germany, Sweden.

13 Profit Motive- The desire to make a profit, and profit is the reward for taking a risk and starting a business.

14 Command Economy An economic system in which the central authority makes the key economic decisions. Government dictates what will be produced, how it will be produced, and who will get the goods. Government owns and controls all the resources and businesses. Little choice on what to buy. Prices are controlled by the state. Highly skilled workers get paid the same as low-skilled workers. Socialism China, Russia.

15 Mixed Economy An economy that contains both private and public enterprises. Combines elements of capitalism and socialism. In the US, the government provides things such as defense, education, and aid to those with lower incomes. The market makes more of the decisions regarding the allocation of resources than the government. Japan.

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