2 Three basic questions of Economics WHAT will be PRODUCED?WHO will PRODUCE it?FOR WHOM will it be PRODUCED?
3 Major Economic Systems Traditional EconomyFree market economyCommand economyMixed economy
4 Traditional EconomyEconomic decisions are based on custom and historical precedent People often perform the same type of work as their parents and grandparents, regardless of ability or potential
5 Free Market Private ownership of property/resources Profit motive CompetitionConsumer sovereigntyIndividual choiceMinimal government involvement in the economy
6 Command EconomyCentral ownership (usually by government) of property/resourcesCentrally-planned economyLack of consumer choiceA system where the government, rather than the free market, determines what goods should be produced, how much should be produced and the price at which the goods will be offered for sale.
7 Examples of a Command Economy ChinaCubaNorth Korea
8 Mixed EconomyIndividuals and businesses as decision makers for the private sectorGovernment is owner and a decision maker for the public sectorA greater government role than in a free market economy and less than in a command economyMost common economic system today- this is the United States!
9 The United States Economy Free marketsPrivate propertyProfitCompetitionConsumer sovereignty
10 The United States Economy Free marketsAllowed to operate without undue interference from the government.Prices are determined by supply and demand as buyers and sellers interact in the marketplace.
11 The United States Economy Private propertyIndividuals and businesses have the right to own personal property as well as the means of production without undue interference from the government.
12 The United States Economy ProfitEarnings after all expenses have been paid.Businesses base most decisions on what will create the largest profit.
13 The United States Economy CompetitionRivalry between producers/sellers of a good or service results in better quality goods and services at a lower price.
14 The United States Economy Consumer SovereigntyConsumers determine through purchases, what goods and services will be produced.Government involvement in the economy is limited.Most decisions regarding the production of goods and services are made in the private sector.