Thursday, September 18, 2014

week 5

   This week we have learned about economic systems and why they fail. We learned about mixed systems, command, free market,profit motive, and also slightly about traditional. On Tuesday we learned about incentives and the cycle of mixed systems. incentives are the reward that you want or the punishment you want to avoid. A command government is when the government is run out of attempt of equality such as historical USSR, Cuba, or even north Korea. In this establishment, the government owns the F.O.P and also answers the 3 economic questions (What to produce? How to produce it? And who are we making it for? ) . And then you have a free market and that is pretty much the opposite where the people answer the questions and ask ask them as well.Examples of this would be like Hong Kong and Singapore. And then we have a mixed system. This is where the people and government both participate in asking and answering the questions. this kind of system is made of 90%+ of the world. The united states would be a great and easily understandable example and same with japan and much others.the  One of the last things we learned was profit motive and perverse incentives. Profit motive is the idea that all businesses exist to make money. Even the non profit businesses have to make profit just to stay in business because they have to pay bills and such. Perverse incentive is a incentive created with good intentions that creates an alternative, usually with a less desirable outcome.

   Threw out the first unit the hardest lesson for me was the economic systems because i'm not very good with government. I don't do good with understanding things like this because to me they can be complex. I'm not blind to the subject but it  is just the most difficult out of this first unit.

Friday, September 12, 2014

    This week in econ we learned about cost and benefit analysis, marginal analysis, start factors of production, we also went over human capitol skills, economic goals, and the 3 factors of production. Cost and benefit analysis is the process of doing something that you like and comparing it to how much you dislike. in class we did a experiment of eating Reese's and analyzing how thirsty someone was until they had to stop eating the Reese's. The logical analysis of this theory  is to always do something until the cost out-ways the benefit. Marginal analysis is an examination of having something until you don't want it anymore or having to much that the thing you have is no good to you. The 3 factors of of production are land, being anything in the environment such as the meat at McDonald's the property the condiments.The second would be labor, being the workers and suppliers, and lastly would be capitol, which is anything with inherent value or as a better way to understand from a teenagers point of view would be anything with value in a zombie apocalypse. So money probably wouldn't have any value in that situation but knife would or  a weapon or a building.

     When you meet someone new, what incentive do you provide for them to like you? Essentially, what are your preferred methods of flirting? My methods are not being awkward and super shy but to be myself and be funny. I feel like being awkward is kinda weird cause it can show you don't have confidence in yourself. Another thing is to not try to hard or you look stupid and start making a fool of yourself.

Friday, September 5, 2014

this week in economics we learned about opportunity cost, trade offs and how the PPF curve (production possibilities frontier) are related. To me opportunity cost would mean giving something up to do something like going to college and the opportunity cost would be spending time with friends or working. Trade-off is the choice between alternatives before you actually make the decision such as choosing a restaurant and thinking about the reasons of choosing one restaurant over the other. The PPF curve shows a spectrum of possible productions of two items.
    Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft is so rich because he was a big part of the creation of Microsoft. Microsoft is the biggest personal computer company that sells personal computers, they are the hardware of Xbox and much more.

Friday, August 29, 2014

   This week in economics we went over scarcity and gangs can relate to big businesses like McDonald's. We learned that scarcity is when we lack a resource or it can also be when a resource has more then one use. We also learned about how we make choices and how we go threw a big process in our  head in a little amount of time . We learned about a man named Sudher Venkalesh and how he did a long study of gangs.He is the one who showed us how gangs are in a similar way as the popular business McDonald's.

   The question which do you think is more valuable could be answered in different ways to me cause we have a higher scarcity of diamonds but we have a higher need for water. We are going to someday run out of diamonds but our earth is made of  71% water so we are not lacking water right now. But if you look at it from a margin utility point of view then diamonds would be much more valuable.