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Macro (EC102)_ GDP 2

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These notes cover lecture 2, gross domestic product part 2.
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Macroeconomics, EC102, GDP, gross domestic products
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Date Created: 02/29/16
Zara Mahmood September 10, 13 EC102 Lecture 2: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Measuring the Price Level (P) Price Level – A measure of the average prices of goods and services in the economy  GDP deflator is a measure of price level  Increases in the GDP deflator allow economists to track increases in the price level over time Inflation Rate – The percentage increase in the price level from one year to the next The GDP Deflator Ratio of nominal GDP to real GDP, times 100  GDP Deflator = [nominal GDP/real GDP] x 100 o The deflator = 100 when nominal and real are the same o This number would come from the base year o Includes stuff that we buy and stuff that most people would not buy  GDP Deflator for 2012 o 15.7T/13.6T x 100 =115 o 115? No meaning. The number becomes useful when comparing to other years Example: Calculating the GDP Deflator Year Nominal GDP Real GDP GDP Deflator 2005 $6,000 $6,000 100.0 2006 $8,250 $7,200 114.6 2007 $10,800 $8,400 128.6 P stands for the price level (measured by CPI or GDP inflator)  π= percentage change in P  π = % ∆P o ([P in later year – P in earlier year]/p in earlier year) x 100 Example: Calculating Inflation with the GDP Deflator Year Nominal GDP Real GDP GDP Deflator Inflation 2005 $6,000 $6,000 100.0 2006 $8,250 $7,200 114.6 14.6% 2007 $10,800 $8,400 128.6 12.2% The Consumer Price Index (CPI) Consumer Price Index (CPI) – An average of the prices of the goods and services purchased by the typical urban family of four  The CPI tracks almost identically with the average nominal wage  Measures changes in the prices of things that an average consumer buys o Only focuses on products that average consumer buys Zara Mahmood September 10, 13 EC102  The most closely watched indicator of what is happening to prices  Release of a new CPI number can have a big impact on financial markets o Calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) o Released in the middle of the month  Used for a lot of different things o Number that tracks changes in the typical household’s cost of living o Adjusts many contracts for inflation (“COLAs”) o Allows comparisons of dollar amounts over time  Translate dollar value equivalence to present day How does the BLS construct the CPI  Survey consumers to determine compositions of the typical consumer’s “basket” of goods o Roughly 30,000 households are surveyed  Every month, collect data on prices of all items in the basket o Compute cost of basket  Choose a base year (currently an avg. of prices from 1982-1984)  Calculate the CPI in a given month as follow o [(cost of basket in that month/cost of basket in base period) x 100]  Basket of goods for average consumer (urban not rural) Example: Calculating the CPI Basket: 20 pizzas, 10 CDs Year P Pizza P CDs Cost of Basket CPI Inflation 2002 $10 $15 $350 $100 2003 $11 $15 $370 $105.7 5.7% 2004 $12 $16 $400 $114.3 8.1% Zara Mahmood September 10, 13 EC102 2005 $13 $15 $410 $117.1 2.4%  Calculating inflation rate with CPI o ([CPI in later year – CPI in earlier year]/CPI in earlier year) x 100  Inflation going down is different than prices going down  disinflation (slower)  price level (CPI) goes down  prices are falling, inflation is negative CPI vs. GDP Deflator CPI  Includes only goods typically bought by consumers  Includes imported goods  Uses a fixed basket of goods GDP Deflator  Includes all goods  Does not include imports, only stuff produced domestically o Problem: So much of what we buy is imported goods  Used a changing basket of goods Is the CPI Accurate?  Most widely used measure of inflation o 4 biases that cause changes in the CPI to overstate the true inflation rate  Biases cause changes in CPI to overstate the true inflation rate by 0.5%-1% Substitution Bias BLS assumes that each month, consumers purchase the same amount of each product in the market basket  consumers are likely to buy fewer of those products that increase most in price and more that increase least in price (or fall)  Price of market basket will rise less than price BLS uses to compute CPI Increase in Quality Bias Most products included in the CPI improve in quality  Increase in prices of these products partly reflects their improved quality and partly pure inflation  BLS tries to only account of inflation part but that is difficult o Recorded price increases overstate the pure inflation in some products New Product Bias BLS updated market basket of goods used in computing CPI every 10 years  New products introduced between updates were not included  Price of new products decrease in the years immediately after release Zara Mahmood September 10, 13 EC102 o If market basket is not updated frequently, these price decreases are not included in CPI Outlet Bias 1990s – many consumers started to increase their purchases from discount stores  Internet also began to account for a fraction of sales of some products  BLS collects price statistics from fill-price traditional retailers o CPI did not reflect the prices some consumers actually paid The Producer Price Index Producer Price Index (PPI) – An average of the prices received by producers of goods and services at all stages of the production process  CPI tracks prices of goods/services bought by household  PPI tracks prices firms receive for goods/services at all production stages o Raw material, intermediate goods, final products  Price of goods rise  production cost to firms rise  increase price of goods o Changes in PPI can give early warnings to changes in CPI Using Price Indexes to Adjust for the Effects of Inflation Purchasing power of a dollar was much higher in the past because prices of goods were lower  CPI give us a way of adjusting for the effects of inflation so that we can compare different years’ dollar values  Value in 2010 = Value in 1984 x (CPI 2010/CPI 1984) o =$20,000 x (219/104) = $42,115 o $20,000 salary in 1984 = $42,115 in 2010  This adjusts nominal values for the effects of inflation The Costs of Inflation Inflation raises prices but it doesn’t mean consumers can’t afford goods  As prices increase, income does as well o Consumers should be just as able to by products with inflation as they would without inflation Then why is inflation bad?  Distributional effects – Some workers’ incomes will not keep up with inflation o Applies to average person but not every person  Some income rise faster than inflation, some income slower than inflation  Shoeleather costs–The resources wasted when inflation encourages people to reduce their money holdings o People buy stuff fast because the price could be more the next day o Includes the time and transactions costs of more frequent bank withdrawals  Menu costs – The costs of changing prices Zara Mahmood September 10, 13 EC102 o Changing prices forces materials to be recreated  Confusion & inconvenience – Inflation changes the yardstick we use to measure transactions o Complicates long-range planning and the comparison of dollar amounts over time  Tax distortions – Government does not take inflation into account when they take taxes o Inflation makes nominal income grow faster than real income o Taxes are based on nominal income, and some are not adjusted for inflation o Inflation causes people to pay more taxes even when their real incomes don’t increase A Special Cost of Unexpected Inflation  Arbitrary redistribution of wealth o Higher-than-expected inflation transfers purchasing power from creditors to debtors  Debtors get to repay their debt with dollars that aren’t worth as much o Inflation is good for debtors but bad for lenders o Deflation is good for lenders but bad for debtors Real vs. Nominal Interest Rates Nominal interest rate = i Real interest rate = r Inflation rate = π  i – r + π  r = i – π o So if i = 4%, π = 3%, then r = 1% e If forecasting, use π , expected inflation  i = r + π  Bank wants r = 5%, and π = 3%, sets i= 8% Example: Calculating what a past amount would be worth in a later year  Value in later year dollars o (value in earlier year dollars) (CPIlater/CPIearlier)


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