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Mixed Economy. Essential Question. Why do most countries have a mixed economy?. What Do You Like on a Sundae?. You and your partner discuss it. What toppings do you like on an ice cream sundae? Plain Vanilla? Or absolutely everything (and I mean everything)?.

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essential question
Essential Question
  • Why do most countries have a mixed economy?
what do you like on a sundae
What Do You Like on a Sundae?
  • You and your partner discuss it.
  • What toppings do you like on an ice cream sundae?
    • Plain Vanilla?
    • Or absolutely everything (and I mean everything)?
what do you like on a sundae1
What Do You Like on a Sundae?
  • Chances are, you were somewhere between plain and everything.
  • When discussing economies, most countries are somewhere in between too.
  • When a country is not completely a command economy and not completely a market economy, but somewhere in between, it is called a Mixed Economy.
pure command economies
“Pure” Command Economies
  • If government controlled everything in the economy, then having a diversity of products would be very difficult.
  • With no private businesses, there would be no competition, and products would never improve.
  • The government could make the economy exploit the poor and benefit the rich.
pure market economies
“Pure” Market Economies
  • If an economy was pure market, people could sell anything, even things that could hurt others.
  • Businesses could make things cost as much as they wanted.
  • In order to make products cheaper, they could skimp on safety and benefits for workers.
writing prompt
Writing Prompt
  • Answer the following questions:
    • What bad things could happen if an economy was pure market? (Be specific, at least 3 sentences)
    • What bad things could happen if an economy was pure command? (Be specific, at least 3 sentences).