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Ch 19: Economic Systems & Activity

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Explore fun lessons at home or on-the-go to strengthen your understanding of economic systems and activity. Take short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you're prepared for an upcoming assignment, discussion or test covering this subject.

Economic Systems & Activity - Chapter Summary

Top instructors have developed informative lessons you can review whenever your schedule permits to enhance your knowledge of economic systems and activity. Gain greater insight into socialism, capitalism, entrepreneurship, free markets and much more with help from this chapter. When finished, you will be prepared to:

  • Define and describe the characteristics of a traditional economy
  • Compare and contrast socialism, communism and mixed economies
  • Discuss capitalism and competition within the free markets
  • Explain how the government protects the U.S. economy and promotes economic interests
  • Detail how the economy is impacted by fiscal policy and monetary policy
  • Describe the circular flow of economic activity
  • Provide details about the importance of entrepreneurship to the economy
  • Share your knowledge of marginal propensity to consume and its impact on the individual and national economy

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11 Lessons in Chapter 19: Economic Systems & Activity
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is a Traditional Economy? - Definition, Characteristics, Advantages & Examples

1. What is a Traditional Economy? - Definition, Characteristics, Advantages & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about traditional economies. We will define the term, look at both advantages and disadvantages, and apply the information to an example. This will be followed by a summary and a quiz.

Understanding Socialism, Communism, and Mixed Economies: Comparison & Analysis

2. Understanding Socialism, Communism, and Mixed Economies: Comparison & Analysis

Socialism and communism are alternative economic systems to capitalism. In this lesson, you'll learn some of the key concepts behind these economic systems. You'll also learn about mixed economic systems.

Capitalism and the Free Market: Definition & Limitations

3. Capitalism and the Free Market: Definition & Limitations

Capitalism is an economic system that has played a dominant part in building the world in which we currently live. In this lesson, you'll learn about some key concepts of capitalism, as well as its limitations.

Competition Within Free Markets: Types & Summary

4. Competition Within Free Markets: Types & Summary

We live in a free market economy, but that doesn't mean there is always free competition. In this lesson, you'll learn about perfectly competitive markets, monopolies, monopolistic markets and oligopolies.

How the Government Protects the U.S. Economy

5. How the Government Protects the U.S. Economy

The following lesson will cover the ways in which the government protects the U.S. economy and ensures stable economic growth. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

How the Government Promotes Economic Interests

6. How the Government Promotes Economic Interests

The following lesson will cover how the government promotes its economic interests through businesses, labor, and agriculture. There will be a short quiz following the lesson to check your understanding.

How Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy Affect the Economy

7. How Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy Affect the Economy

Governments often intervene in their economies in an attempt to maintain economic stability. In this lesson, you'll learn about fiscal and monetary policies, including what effect they can have on a national economy. A short quiz follows.

Circular Flow of Economic Activity: The Flow of Goods, Services & Resources

8. Circular Flow of Economic Activity: The Flow of Goods, Services & Resources

Learn about the simple model used to describe where money goes and what it is exchanged for in a market economy. The circular flow model of economic activity shows you the basic relationships between households, firms and the government.

Entrepreneurship & the Economy: Definition & Importance

9. Entrepreneurship & the Economy: Definition & Importance

Entrepreneurs fill a vitally important role in market economies. In this lesson, you'll learn about the importance of entrepreneurship, different types of entrepreneurs and how they add value to an economy.

Marginal Propensity to Consume: Definition and Formula of the MPC

10. Marginal Propensity to Consume: Definition and Formula of the MPC

MPC or MPS, what category is higher when you have extra money? In this lesson, learn about the marginal propensity to consume, one of the most important assumptions underlying fiscal and monetary policy.

Impact of Marginal Propensity to Consume on Individual & National Economy

11. Impact of Marginal Propensity to Consume on Individual & National Economy

In this lesson, we will learn about marginal propensity to consume. We will learn what it is and how it affects both individuals as well as the economy. When the lesson concludes, you will be able to test your knowledge with a quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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