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Krugman AP Macro Economics Chapter 1

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Chapter 1: The Study of Economics ? Economics: The study of scarcity and choice- individual choice Individual Choice: Decisions made by an individual of what to/not to do Economy: System that coordinates consumption and distribution of goods/services Market Economy: Decentralized production, publicly owned, no authority saying what to/not to make (ex: United States) Command Economy: Central authority, publicly owner, don?t work very well (ex: Soviet Russia) Problem: lack of motivation, better quality work doesn?t make more money, ineffective supply&demand Property rights: Establishes ownership causing incentive to work and thus production to increase Marginal Analysis: Study of marginal decisions, the pros and cons of doing a little bit more or less

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