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A market economy is an economy in which decisions regarding investment , production and distribution are based on supply and demand , [ 1 ] and prices of goods and services are determined in a free price system . [ 2 ] The major defining characteristic of a market economy is that decisions regarding investments and the allocation of producer goods is accomplished primarily through markets. [ 3 ] This is contrasted with a planned economy , where investment and production decisions are embodied in a plan of production. Market economies can range from hypothetical laissez-faire and free market variants to regulated markets and interventionist variants. In reality market economies do not exist in pure form, since societies and governments regulate them to varying degrees. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] Most existing market economies include a degree of economic planning or state-directed activity, and are thus classified as mixed economies .