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    1. 1. *Chapter Two * Understanding How Economics Affects Business McGraw-Hill/Irwin Copyright © 2010 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
    2. 2. 1. Why some countries are relatively poor than other countries? 2. Why is South Korea relatively wealthy and North Korea suffering economically? 3. Why is China’s annual income per person ($944) much less than Taiwan’s ($13010)
    3. 3. The MAJOR BRANCHES of ECONOMICS * What Is Economics? LG1 * • Economics -- The study of how society employs resources to produce goods and services for consumption among various groups and individuals. • Macroeconomics -- Concentrates on the operation of a nation’s economy as a whole. Ex: GDP, Unemployment rate, Price Index. • Microeconomics -- Concentrates on the behavior of people and organizations in markets for particular products or services. Ex: Pricing, supply and demand. 2-3
    4. 4. * RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT What Is Economics? LG1 • Some economists define economics as the study of scarce resources. Resources need to be carefully divided among people by the government • Resource Development -- The study of how * to increase resources and create conditions that will make better use of them. •Recycling •New ways of growing food •Discover new energy sources •New way of creating needed goods and services. 2-4
    5. 5. THOMAS MALTHUS and the DISMAL SCIENCE *The Secret to Creating a Wealthy Economy LG1 * • Malthus believed that if the rich had most of the wealth and the poor had most of the population, resources would run out. • This belief led the writer Thomas Carlyle to call economics “The Dismal Science.” • Neo-Malthusians believe there are too many people in the world and believe the answer is radical birth control. (education) 2-5
    6. 6. THOMAS MALTHUS and the DISMAL SCIENCE *The Secret to Creating a Wealthy Economy LG1 * “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time” “Teach a person to start a fish farm, and he or she will be able to feed a village for a life time” (Business) 2-6
    7. 7. ADAM SMITH the FATHER of ECONOMICS * Adam Smith & the Creation of Wealth LG1 * • Book titled ‘An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations’ in 1776. • The main theme of the book: creating more resources so that everyone could become wealthier. And when people see economic reward for their efforts, they would work for long hours and work hard. • Result: economy would prosper with plenty of food and all kinds of products available to everyone. 2-7
    8. 8. ADAM SMITH the FATHER of ECONOMICS Smith believed that: * Adam Smith & the Creation of Wealth LG1 * • Freedom was vital to any economy’s survival. • Freedom to own land or property and the right to keep the profits of a business is essential. • One way to be really wealthy was to start a successful business of your own. • People will work hard if they believe they will be rewarded. 2-8
    9. 9. ADAM SMITH the FATHER of ECONOMICS • Smith said that as people try to improve their life, their efforts serve as an Invisible Hand that helps the economy to grow and prosper . • Invisible hand – the process that turns self directed gain into social and economic benefits for all. • Example: British American Tobacco, Bangladesh (BATB) is engaged in tree plantation
    10. 10. CAPITALISM *Understanding Free-Market Capitalism LG2 • Capitalism -- All or most of the land, factories * and stores are owned by individuals, not the government, and operated for profit. • Countries with capitalist foundations: - United States England Australia Canada 2-10
    11. 11. Foundations of Capitalism • The right to own private property • The right to own a business and keep all the business’s profits. • The right to freedom of competition • The right to freedom of choice-People are free to choose what they want to do
    12. 12. Free-Market Capitalism • How Free markets work? A free market is one in which decisions about what to produce and in what quantities are made in the market by buyers and sellers negotiating prices for goods and services. Price tells producers how much to produce • How Prices are determined? In a free market, prices are determined through negotiations between buyers and sellers in the market.
    13. 13. Free-Market Capitalism • The Economic concept of Supply- Seller supply refers to the quantity of product that manufacturers or owners are willing to sell at different prices at a specific time; the amount supplied will increase as price increases
    14. 14. Free-Market Capitalism • The Economic concept of Demand- Buyer demand refers to the quantity of products that people are willing to buy at a different prices at a specific time; the quantity demanded will increase as the price decreases
    15. 15. Free-Market Capitalism • The Equilibrium Point intersecting point of the supply curve and demand curve is known as the equilibrium point where the quantity supplied and demanded are equal; this equilibrium point will become the market price in the long run. If quantity supplied exceeds quantity demanded, the resulting Surplus signals the sellers to lower the prices If quantity supplied is less than quantity demanded the resulting, Shortage signals sellers to Increase the price
    16. 16. Free-Market Capitalism Competition within free market economy • Perfect competition- many sellers and no seller dominates, products identical (exampleagricultural products) • Monopolistic competition- large number of sellers but product differentiation by buyers (example- creams, chicken broast) • Oligopoly- few sellers dominates the market (telecom, automobiles) • Monopoly- only one seller (TITAS Gas, Desco)
    17. 17. Benefits and Limitations of Free Market Benefits • Allows open competition among companies • Major factor in creating wealth • Economic Miracle- poverty reduction • Encourages business to be efficient Limitations • Inequality • Criminal Activity
    18. 18. SOCIALISM * Understanding Socialism LG3 * • Socialism -- An economic system based on the premise that some basic businesses, like utilities, steel mills, coal mines should be owned by the government in order to more evenly distribute profits among the people. (Sweden) • Entrepreneurs run smaller businesses • Citizens are highly taxed • Government is more involved in protecting the environment and the poor • Takes away some of the business peoples incentives to start work early and leave work late 2-18
    19. 19. * COMMUNISM Understanding Communism LG3 * • Communism -- An economic and political system in which the government makes almost all economic decisions and owns almost all the major factors of production. (North Korea, Cuba) • Prices don’t reflect demand which may lead to shortages of items, including food and clothing. • Dose not inspire people to work hard. • Most communist countries today suffer severe economic depression and citizens fear the government. 2-19
    20. 20. MIXED ECONOMIES *The Trend Toward Mixed Economies LG4 * • Mixed Economies -- Some allocation of resources is made by the market and some by the government. • Neither free-market nor command economies have created sound economic conditions so countries use a mix of the two economic systems. 2-20
    21. 21. * GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT Gross Domestic Product LG5 * • Gross Domestic Product (GDP) -- Total value of final goods and services produced in a country in a given year. As long as a company is within a country’s border, their numbers go into the country’s GDP (even if they are foreign-owned). • Unemployment Rate– The number of civilians at least 16 years old who are unemployed and tried to find a job within the prior four weeks. • Price Index - Price indexes help gauge the health of the economy by measuring the levels of inflation, disinflation, deflation and stagflation. 2-21
    22. 22. * BUSINESS CYCLES The Business Cycle LG5 * • Business Cycles -- Periodic rises and falls that occur in economies over time. • Four Phases of Long-Term Business Cycles: 1. Economic Boom 2. Recession – Two or more consecutive quarters of decline in the GDP. 3. Depression – A severe recession. 4. Recovery – When the economy stabilizes and starts to grow. This leads to an Economic Boom. 2-22
    23. 23. * FISCAL POLICY Stabilizing the Economy Through Fiscal Policy LG6 * • Fiscal Policy -- The federal government’s efforts to keep the economy stable by increasing or decreasing taxes or government spending. • Tools of Fiscal Policy: - Taxation Government Spending 2-23
    24. 24. MONETARY POLICY *Using Monetary Policy to Keep the Economy Growing LG6 * • Monetary Policy -- The management of the money supply and interest rates by the Federal Reserve Bank (the Central Bank). • The central bank’s most visible role is increasing and lowering interest rates. - When the economy is booming, the central bank tends to increase interest rates. - When the economy is in a recession, the central bank tends to decrease the interest rates. 2-24

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