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In most of the countries, the government has intervened in the market system. To some extend there is a dire need of government intervention in the market system, although there is a debate over the point among the economists. Many economists believe that the role of government intervention improves the scenario of the market system. The government can easily enforce the rules that can help in smooth functioning of the market system. On the other hand, there are economists who believe that government interventions in a market system are the reason of inefficiency in the system. Anyway, the amount of government intervention needed in a market system is dependent on the state of a particular economy (Brodsky 1963).




The government intervention in the market system has the following positive effects in the market (ilri.org2007 [online]):

  1. Improvement in the market structure: one of the most important aspects of government intervention in the market system is the fact that it brings about an improvement in the market facilities, roads and other desired infrastructure in the market.


  1. Improvement in the institutional infrastructures: Goverment intervention plays an important in role in regulating the corruption and violence in the market system.


  1. Price control by government interventions: The government intervention in the market system avoids the excessive hike in prices by the market leaders.





Like every coin that has two faces, the government intervention in the market system too has some draw backs in its end and here are a few (wikipedia2007 [online]):

  1. The procedures of the government are generally cumbersome. This leads to inefficiency in the market system. Most of the time, the marketing boards waste a lot of time and money in holding unnecessary meetings and form reports that delay the decisions in a market system to a great extent.
  2. The lack of incentives to the government employees increases the inefficiency in the market system.
  3. Normally the low salaries provided by the government to the members of the marketing boards leads to corruption in the market system.
  4. Great amount government intervention in the market system results in stopping the transmission of information that is vital for the smooth operation of the market system.
  5. According to Milton Friedman, government intervention in the market system can result in increase inflation, causing deflation, recessions as well as economic depressions.


Although the economists have a mixed view about the importance and effects of government intervention in the market system, it can be said that government interventions should aim at working with the market system that is already existing rather than implementing policies that make great changes (papers4you2007[online]). If the government intervention is such that it introduces inefficiencies greater than rationalizing the entire market system, there is a threat of damaging the economy. The distorted government intervention can lead to consumer dissatisfaction and higher costs. Most of the economists are of the view that government interventions should be facilitating in nature rather than having a direct control over the market (ilri.org2007 [online]).





The Distribution System of Mass Market by Ruth Lee Brodsky


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