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Intermediate Macroeconomics Exam 1 Review

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Intermediate Macroeconomics Exam 1 Review ECON 2202

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Trying to highlight key phrases, especially the basic formulas used to understand the concepts
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
W. Pace
Study Guide
Macroeconomics, Economics
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Date Created: 10/03/16
(Supply and Demand Graph attached) + increase/ - decrease/ ? change is undetermined Simple cases Increase Demand Price Increase Quantity (D+) (P+) + Decrease Demand P- Q- (D-) Increase Supply P- Q+ (S+) Decrease Supply P+ Q- (S-) Complex cases D+S+ Q+ P? D+S- Q? P+ D-S- Q- P? D-S+ Q P- Endogenous variables – explained by the model Exogenous variables – go into model (affect model) Nominal GDP – expressed in current dollars Real GDP – adjusted for inflation (using a fixed year for comparison Deflator = nominal GDP/Real GDP x 100 Real GDP = current year quantity x base year prices Fisher Equation: i = nominal interest rate r = real interest rate Pi^e = expected inflation I = r + pi^e OR r = I – pi^e EXAMPLE Mortgage rate = 5%, pi^e = 2%, Real rate = 3% GDP Y = C + I + G + NX Y = GDP = total production (output) C = consumption spending (was 68.7% of GDP in 2012) (Consumers can spend or save) I = investment (was 15.2% of 2012 GDP) G = gov’t spending on goods and services (19.2% of 2012 GDP) NX = net exports = trade balance = exports – imports (can be negative) Inflation Rate - % rate of change of the price level over a particular period (pi used for inflation rate, P subscript t = price level at time t) - Pi = P t P t1 / Pt-1 = Change in P / t -1t Percentage Change Method and Inflation Rate - % change in (x X y) = (% change in x) + (% change in y) In 2013 – unemployment 7.8% (in 2016 around 4.8%), employed 58.9%, not in labor force 36% Aggregate Production and Productivity Factors (inputs) of production - Labor (L) - Capital (K) Both factors are assumed to be exogenous and fixed over time Aggregate production function (production function) – description of how much input, y, is produced for any given amount of factor inputs Cobb-Douglas production function – incorporates 2 ideas - a developed economy generally produces more with the same quantity of capital and labor than an undeveloped economy. - The shares of labor and capital income in the US have remained relatively constant over time – 70% L and 30% K Y = F (K, L) = AK^.3L^.7 where A describes productivity (‘marginals’ are slopes) MPL (marginal productivity of labor) = change in y-output / change in labor – indicates how much output increases for each additional input of labor, holding other inputs constant MPK (marginal productivity of capital) = change in y / change in K – same as MPL, but for capital holding other inputs constant Classical framework (for determining of factor prices), assumes the economy - Has perfect competition - Has a long-term equilibrium level P x F(K,L) – RK– W L Where - P = average level of the prices of goods and services - R = rental price of capital - W = wage rate Real economic profits Pi = F(K,L) – (R/P)K – (W/P)L Profit maximization – firms demand a quantity of each factor of production up until the marginal product of that factor falls to its real factor price. MPs decrease as Y increases MPK = (R/P) = r c MPL = (W/P) = w Private saving – private disposable income minus consumption expenditure Y D Y – T where YD = disposable income Y = GDP and T = net taxes (taxes – gov’t transfers – interest payments on debt) S P Y – T – C where C = consumption expenditure, Sp = private saving Private saving rate is the proportion of private disposable income that is saved S / P Y D Government spending - Gov’t investment (Ig) gov’t consumption (Cg) Gov’t saving S =GT – C (suGplus if T>G, deficit if T<G) National saving – sum of gov’t and private saving S= Y – C – G National saving rate S / Y Uses-of-saving identity S = (C + I + G + NX) – C – G = I + NX (remember that NX = exports – imports) Or as the net capital outflow identity S – I = NX Trade surplus if NX>0 Trade deficit if NX<0 To understand the link between saving and investment in the long run when all prices are flexible, we assume - The goods market is in equilibrium - A closed economy (NX=0) (no foreign sector) Y = C + I + G Subtracting C and G from both sides then give Saving = Investment Consumption expenditure (C broken into 3 categories) C = C bar+ C (Y – T, r) + - - C bar= autonomous consumption (C that is not interest rate sensitive) - Y – T = disposable income (increase in income or decrease in taxes = more spending) - r = real interest rate (some C is interest rate sensitive) Long-run aggregate output becomes Y = F (K bar)barY bar And so desired saving becomes S = Y bar– Cbar– C (Ybar– Tbarr) – G bar Investment function I = Ibar I(r) where I bar= autonomous investment Looking at how the economy responds to changes I saving and investment through changes in - Autonomous consumption A rise in autonomous consumption causes saving and investment to fall and the real interest rate to rise in the long run A fall in AC causes saving and investment to rise and real interest rate to fall - Fiscal policy A rise in taxes causes S and I to rise and r to fall A fall in T causes S and I to fall and r to rise A rise in gov’t spending causes S and I to fall and r to rise A fall in gov’t spending causes S and I to rise and r to fall A rise in gov’t budget deficits causes saving and investment to fall and real interest rates to rise - Autonomous investment Increase in autonomous investment causes S, I and r to rise (caused by optimism and tax breaks) Decrease in AI causes S, I and r to fall (caused by pessimism or raising taxes)


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