Teaching PowerPoints Government Intervention - Maximum Prices (AQA A-Level Economics Teaching PowerPoint)


Last updated 2 Nov 2023

This AQA Economics teaching powerpoint covers aspects of Government Intervention - Maximum Prices

Maximum prices, or price ceilings, are another form of government intervention in markets, and they are the opposite of minimum prices. Here's how they work:

  • A maximum price is a price set by the government that is lower than the market price.
  • This means that sellers cannot charge more than the maximum price, even if they would be able to in a free market.
  • Price ceilings are often introduced to protect consumers from high prices, such as in the case of essential goods like food or medicine.
  • However, maximum prices can lead to shortages, as producers may not be able to cover their costs at the lower price, and may reduce production or exit the market altogether.
  • Critics argue that maximum prices can also lead to black markets, where goods are traded at higher prices outside of the legal market.

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