Economic Functions of Government

Lesson Duration

Author:  National Council on Economic Education

The six economic functions of government are presented to students. Students categorize a series of newspaper headlines as examples of each of the six functions and locate additional examples in current newspapers and newsmagazines. The lesson concludes with a discussion of how limited the economic functions of government should be.


  • Identify the six economic functions of government
  • Classify examples of government actions and policies within various economic functions
  • Identify and evaluate two different positions on the role of government in the economy

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