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Final Exam Study Guide Econ 322

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Exam 3 Study Guide Monday, April 25, 2012:22 PM Formulas to know: Intertemporal consumption: Y = C + I + G C = c0+ c(Y-T) MPC = C∆ ∆ = c APC (average propensity to consume) = C/Y = c /Y0+ c (1+r)PV = FV PV = FV/(1+r) Function C = MPC ( ∆ ∆y) APC (c/y) Keynesian c +0cY 0<c<1 c0/Y + c Modigliani α*W + β*Y 0<β<1 α*W/Y + β Friedman α*Y P ? Could be 0 α* Y P NeoClassical Model of business Investment Net Investment Function: I = [MPK - P /P(r + δ)] n k Gross Investment Function: I = I [MPK - P /P(r + δ)] + δ*K n k Tobin's Q Ratio: Q = Keynesian Model Y = C + I + G C = 0 + c(Y-T) MPC = C∆ ∆ = c 0<c<1 (marginal propensity to consume) APC (average propensity to consume) = C/Y = c /0 + c If Y increases, APC increases If Y decreases, APC decreases C2 Secular Stagnation Hypothesis Y2 + (1+r) Y1 If Y increases a lot, APC will fall a lot Slope = Indifference curve Intertemporal Consumption Function -(1+r) Y2 -people live for 2 periods Intertemporal budget constraint -people can save and borrow across periods -Income in period 1 is Y1, income in period 2 is Y2 -Maximize utility across both periods subject to a budget constraint C1 -divide consumption across 2 periods Y1 Y1 + Y2/(1+r) (1+r)PV = FV PV = FV/(1+r) -If Y1 increases: -C1, C2 increases Borrow = .5/(1+r) -If Y2 increases: -C1 ,C2 increases -give up X amount of consumption today to get X + interest in the next period Modigliani Life-Cycle Consumption -person expected to live for T years -person expected to retire in R years -Earn an income of Y while working -W is accumulated wealth -C = * W + * Y Exam 3 Study Guide Page 1 -C = * W + * Y Aggregate consumption = α*W + β*Y α= average of 1/T β= average of R/T APC = C/Y = α*W/Y + β (Average propensity to consume) Milton Friedman PermanentIncome Hypothesis -Y = Y + YT -Actual current income = permanent income + transitory income -permanent income: fixed salary -transitory income: income that you can't depend on (like a bonus) -C = α*YP -APC = α* YP Robert Hall: "Random Walk" -combine Permanent Income with Rational Expectations -only unexpected events will affect consumption David Laibson -Behavioral Economics -"Pull of Instant Gratification" -Consumption isnt always rational and is highly influenced by psychological factors SUMMARY TABLE Function C = MPC ( ∆ ∆y) APC (c/y) Keynesian c +0cY 0<c<1 c0/Y + c Modigliani α*W + β*Y 0<β<1 α*W/Y + β Friedman α*Y P ? Could be 0 α* Y P Y Neo-Classical Model of Business Investment -looks at marginal costs/benefits -looks at marginal utilities Production Firms -rents capital and uses it to produce goods and services for consumers Rental Firms -firm that buys capital and rents it out to production firms Production Firm's Problem Marginal Benefits -marginal product of capital (MPK) -how much more do we benefit from renting more capital -Price * MPK = marginal benefit from renting more capital Marginal Costs -R = rental rate of capital Firm will rent until R = P*MPK Rental Firm's Problem Marginal Benefits: -R = P*MPK Marginal Costs: δ*PK= depreciation on capital i*PK= nominal interest ∆ *PK= capital gain Exam 3 Study Guide Page 2 -∆*P =Kcapital gain -Cost of Owning Capital = i*P - *P∆δ*P K K K Pk(i ∆ PK/P K δ) = C.O.C. ∆P KP K π = inflation ratio Pk(i - π+ δ) = C.O.C. i - π = real interest rate P (r + δ) = C.O.C. k -COC/P = P /k(r + δ) Invest in more capital if MPK > P /Pkr + δ) Divest capital if MPK < P /k(r + δ) In long-run, MPK = P /Pkr + δ) Net Investment Function: In= [MPK - P /k(r + δ)] Gross Investment Function: I = I [MPK - P /P(r + δ)] + δ*K n k If interest rate r increases, n and I decrease (movement along IS curve) If MPK increases, I nnd I increase (shift to the right on IS curve) If P /P increases, I and I decrease (shift to the left on IS curve) k n If δ increases, Indecreases and change in I is ambiguous Corporate Income Taxes and Investment -35% of firms "profits" -Define profits as P*MPK - (r + δ)P K -depreciation is hard to measure (δ*P ) K -use historical cost of capital for PK(problematic due to inflation over the years) I = n [MPK - P kP(r + δ)] + δ*K Tobin's Q Ratio: Q = If Q >1, firm should expand investment If Q <1, firm should disinvest Marginal product of capital (MPK) is major determinant of market value of firm's capital PK/P and r + δ determine the replacement cost of firm's capital Is the Stock Market "Efficient?" 1) Efficient markets hypothesis says yes -Market price of stock is rational evaluation of the company given current info about company's business prospects -financial analysts follow major companies and money is traded based on their recommendations -stock prices reflect all information available about a company -stock prices will only change due to unanticipated info about a company -prices follow a "random walk" 2) Keynes's "Beauty Contest" Hypothesis -Psychological factors can drive fluctuations in stock prices -stock prices can change for reasons other than new info about a firm Exam 3 Study Guide Page 3 May 2010: "Flash Crash" -Dow Jones started falling quickly: fell 700 points in an hour -Came back up when market opened next morning -all due to computerized algorithms that automatically sell stocks when Dow starts to fall -people realized what was happening and started buying again, so Dow rose again Residential Investment -purchases of NEW homes and apartments for private use -price of existing homes positively affects supply of new homes -housing demand tends to go up when interest rate (r) is low and vice versa Inventory Investment -Price speculation -Stock-out Avoidance -insurance against unexpectedly large orders -Production smoothing -Demand might be predictable (volatile) than the ability to change supply -Showroom effect -Having a large number/variety of goods makes it easier to satisfy consumer preferences Debt: -accumulated government borrowing over time. -How much money does the gov’t owe at this point in time? -stock variable Deficit: -difference between government spending and tax revenue in a given period of time -new borrowing undertaken by government -flow variable 1) Inflation -tends to benefit borrowers and hurts lenders -may be easier for gov’t to pay off debts, eroding the real value of debt -π=ΔD/D real value of debt would not change. ΔD = reported deficit 2) Uncounted Liabilities -official debt/deficit numbers are understated because they exclude important gov’t liabilities -Social Security and Medicare, gov’t employee pensions -Contingent liabilities: student loans -gov’t could always change the rules 3) Capital Assets -some gov’t borrowing is used to purchase valuable assets -gov’t debt should account for assets as well as liabilities -official debt #s are overstate bc only include liabilities -not all govt assets can be easily liquidated Exam 3 Study Guide Page 4 4) Business Cycle -During a recession, tax revenue goes down, gov’t spending goes up, which increases budget deficit (automatic) -During an expansion, tax revenue goes up, gov’t spending goes down, which decreases budget deficit - state of the economy affects budget deficit 5) Debt held by Public vs Total Government Debt -US govt owes a lot of money to: -Social Security Trust Fund -Medicare Trust Fund -Federal Reserve -Federal Financing bank -US govt owes a lot to itself "Traditional" View of Gov't Debt r LM -Increase in G or decrease in T -IS shifts right -In short run, Y and r increase -Increase in r crowds out investment -In long run, less investment means less economic growth -therefore, there is a trade-off between short-run stimulus and long-run growth IS ' IS Y Ricardian View of Gov't Debt -Ricardian Equivalence: financing gov't spending via debt is equivalent to financing it via taxes -changes in fiscal policy will not have a big effect on consumption -forward looking consumers who want to smooth consumption -If gov't stimulates economy by deficit spending, at some point, G will decrease or T will increase to pay money back -A forward looking consumer would save money today because disposable income is lower in the future -low marginal propensity to consume -stimulus won't work bc Gov't multiplier essentially 0 Does Ricardian Equivalence Work? 1) Consumer Myopia a. Consumers are not always rational and forward-looking 2) Borrowing Constraints a. People who can't borrow money now may have a high marginal propensity to consume Exam 3 Study Guide Page 5 consume 3) People have finite lifespans a. Gov't debt may be long-lived b. Households could have longer life spans Should the federal Government Have a Balanced Budget Amendment? Pro: -fiscal policy is not a good way to stimulate the economy -politicians may put too much weight on short term gains Con: -automatic stabilizers increase deficit during a recession -certain infrastructure projects cost a lot up front, but pay off over time. Deficit spending facilitates this The government should try to balance its "structural" budget -what the budget would be without fluctuations of the business cycle Does Gov't Have an Effect on Monetary Policy? -debt is usually easier to pay off with inflation -highly indebted governments may be tempted to generate inflation Economic Functions of the Financial System 1) Facilitate Investment by Firms S=I, savings = investment 2) Risk-sharing People tend to be risk-averse -leads to development of insurance because people want to pay for it to reduce risk Entrepreneur: -debt finance-> owe the same amount of money to creditors no matter what -equity finance -> owe a fraction of a firm's profits (could be zero) -less risky option 3) Dealing with Asymmetric Information Big issue in insurance markets Adverse Selection: hidden information about a person's attribute that affect propensity to buy insurance Moral Hazard: insurance alters a person's behavior in an unobservable way Exam 3 Study Guide Page 6 Moral Hazard: insurance alters a person's behavior in an unobservable way Economic Functions of the Financial System 1) Financing Investment 2) Sharing Risk 3) Dealing with asymmetric investment a. Adverse selection: hidden information about a person i. Might prevent an entrepreneur from getting as much equity finance as he wants b. Moral Hazard: hidden information about person's behavior i. Might prevent entrepreneur from getting as much equity finance as he wants 4) Foster economic growth a. S = I b. Lots of different types of capital to which savings can be allocated i. R = P * MPK c. Develop institutions that allow savings to be allocated well d. Reporting requirements i. Laws against fraud and market manipulation Financial Crisis of 2008 -Asset Price Boom: 2000-2006 (Housing speculation bubble) -Asset Price Bust: 2007-2009 -Insolvencies at Banks Policy Responses to Financial Crisis and Recession 1) Expansionary Fiscal Policy (more spending, tax cuts) Exam 3 Study Guide Page 7


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