Depending on Each Other Who are the people you depend on to get things you need? Standard: 2.2.02a Give examples of the various institutions that make up economic systems such as families, workers, banks, labor unions, government agencies, small businesses, and large corporations. Do you depend on other people for things you need or want? People can be producers or consumers. If you grow your own food, you are a producer. If you buy or use items, you are a consumer.