Note: I am not a teacher, but I have written enough economics essays to possibly help.
Also note: it's going to be significantly easier if you specify the name of the paper than giving us the code. This is an example of the marks scheme that I have found: https://bestexamhelp.com/exam/cambridge-international-a-level/economics-9708/2022/9708-s22-ms-21.php
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I can kind of see where she is going with this, although I really hate vague feedback like this because it doesn't help you in the least.Mark Scheme
The mark scheme specifies the following:
Knowledge and Understanding:
For knowledge and understanding of private goods. (1 mark)
For knowledge and understanding of public goods. (1 mark)
2 marks maximum
The use of appropriate examples to aid the explanation of why merit goods are classified as private goods. (Up to 3 marks)
The use of appropriate examples to aid the explanation of why merit goods are not classified as public goods (Up to 3 marks)
6 marks maximumReview
You have only specified what is a public good is and possible examples of what merit goods are, so possibly a max of 3 marks out of 8 if I am being generous (then again I am not a teacher and I don't mark essays
, so take my grading with a pinch of salt). 1 mark possibly for what is a public good, and possibly 2 for the examples (doesn't go into enough explanation though).Comments
From what I can tell, instead of leading what a public economy is, I would lead with what are merit goods i.e. your last paragraph should be your first, but more fleshed out. Then I would work into discussing the differences of why it's not a public good and why it's a private good along with definitions of public and private goods (compare and contrast) along with the examples.
Do note, whilst the question mentions planned and mixed economies, that's not what it's asking (Explain, using examples, why merit goods are classified as private goods rather than public goods
I would also reflect whether it was worth writing a relatively long paragraph explaining what a public good is for 1 mark, then I would wonder why you did not mention anything about private goods which could have easily scored you another mark.Reflection
I think this is one of the cases of a student misreading the question or not reading the question carefully enough, which I appreciate being difficult when under pressure. I also appreciate that sometimes these questions can be very badly written, but you don't get a say in the matter.
What I would recommend you doing is redo the question with the above feedback, and ask your teacher to possibly look through your revised answer and see how well you have done. This would give you an indication of whether you have done enough for the 8 marks.