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What Is an Economy?
The term “economy” comes from two Greek words: oikonomia, meaning household management or administration; and kosmos, which means order or arrangement. The word was first used in English by John Locke describes a system for managing one’s own property. In modern usage, it refers to any organized social activity involving the exchange of goods and services among people who live together. An economy can be defined as a society’s pattern of resource allocation over time. A Countries Economy is mainly analyzed by GDP(Gross Domestic Product)
History of the Concept of Economy
Socialist economies have similar characteristics to command-based systems but with less centralized control over markets. Instead, socialist countries rely heavily on state ownership of industries and nationalized banks. This allows them to plan production based on need rather than individual choice. However, socialism can lead to shortages if not implemented properly. Agrarian economies were prevalent throughout most of the human civilization until industrialization began during the 19th
Types of Economies
There are three main types of economies: market-based, command/hierarchical, and mixed. Market-based economies rely on voluntary exchanges between buyers and sellers for their survival.
1. Traditional economic system
Economic systems regulate the factors of production, including land, capital, labor Labor Market The labor market is the place where the supply and the demand for jobs meet, with the workers or labor providing the services that employers demand., and physical resources. A traditional economic system is one in which there is little to no government intervention in the marketplace. In this type of society, people work together as equals, sharing their time, skills, knowledge, and ideas freely. This kind of
social order is often referred to as “natural” because it exists without any outside interference from manmade laws. A traditional economic system is characterized by low levels of inequality, high rates of trust among citizens, and strong family ties.
2. Command economic system
Economic systems regulate the factors of production, including land, capital, labor Labor Market The labor market is the place where the supply and the demand for jobs meet, with the workers or labor providing the services that employers demand., and physical resources. A surplus occurs when the consumers. A command economic system is one in which government controls the allocation of resources within society. This type of economic system was common during World War II, but it is now
rare. However, this form of the economic organization remains popular among dictatorships and totalitarian regimes. In such countries, the state owns everything, from factories to farms to homes. People must obey orders issued by their leaders without question. There may even be laws against speaking out about political issues.
3. Mixed Economy
Mixed economies combine elements of both a traditional and a command economy. For instance, India’s economic policy combines aspects of both systems.
4. Free Market Economy
Free markets are characterized by freedom of choice and voluntary exchange between individuals. No central authority controls prices or wages. Prices are set by the law of supply and demand. If more people want something than the available amount then the price goes up.
What Is Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?
The gross domestic product, or GDP, measures how much output is in terms of final goods and services that are produced by labor and property located inside national borders. It includes both private consumption expenditures and government purchases of domestically-produced products. The sum total of these two components represents the nation’s economic activity for any given year.
Types of Gross Domestic Product
There are two main types of gross domestic product: current account and capital stock.
The current Account refers to the flow of money into and out of a nation’s economy.
Capital Stock includes both physical assets such as buildings, machinery, equipment, etc., and intangible assets like patents, trademarks, copyrights, brands, franchises, goodwill, etc.
What type of economy does the U.S. have?
The United States has a capitalist-based economy that is largely unregulated. The federal government plays only a minor role in regulating business practices. In fact, many regulations were created after World War II to protect consumers from unscrupulous businesses. For example, the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed in 1938 to ensure workers received fair pay. However, this act did not cover all employees or industries until 1970. Today, the Federal Trade Commission regulates unfair trade practices.
How strong is the U.S. economy today?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment grew at a rate of 2 percent between July 2015 and June 2016. During this time period, unemployment fell from 5.5 percent to 4.9 percent. However, during the same year, inflation rose from 1.7 percent to 3.1 percent. As such, the purchasing power of wages declined slightly over the course of one year.
What impact does the U.S. economy have globally?
As one of the largest economies in the world, the U.S., or rather, American consumers, drive much of the global economy. As such, when Americans spend money, they affect the entire globe. When the U.S. spends less, so do others around the world. For instance, during the 2008 crisis, the U.S.-led bailout saved the European Union from collapse. Similarly, the U.S.’s stimulus package helped prevent
a worldwide depression after the 2008 crisis.