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Intro to Macro week 4 notes

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Intro to Macroeconomics
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Date Created: 02/13/16
Chapter 6 lecture notes How do we make GDP comparisons between US and Peru and Norway?  Convert GDP into US $$, using exchange rates : GDP per capita = GDP per  capita in local currency X $/local currency exchange rate  Convert Peru GDP by using the prices of goods and services in Peru relative to the prices  of the same goods and services in the USA (purchasing power and parity)  GDP per capita = GDP per capita in local currency X PPP adjustment  Know the idea of PPP, but do not have to know how it really works  PPP adjustments tend to make poor countries look richer than they really  are  The age structure and labor force participation rates vary across countries  These variations impact income per capita   Therefore, consider: Income per worker =GDP/#of people employed  Catch –up effect  Poorer countries tend to grow fastest  Ultimately, it is productivity differences that drive per capita and income per  worker differences across countries  Productivity: The value of goods and services that a worker generates for each hour of  work  There is a positive relationship between income per capita and productivity  HDI: Health Income and Education  Productivity differences are the ultimate drivers of income per capita and income per  worker differences across countries  4 reasons productivity differs: 1) Human capital (how skilled people are) 2) Physical capital (machines, factories, etc.) 3) Technology  4) Natural Resources  Human Capital   The stock of skills embodied in labor to produce output (can come from training  or education)  This stock of skills or total “efficiency units” of labor, is written: H=L x h   h=average human capital  L=number of workers  There are huge differences in human capital across countries  Average yrs of education (also a big dig difference in quality of schools) Technology  Superior knowledge in production or more efficient production process so that more  output can be produced with same amount of human capital and physical capital  Macro uses the aggregate production function to model the relationship between  aggregate GDP and its factors of production  (H) Human cap  (K) Physical cap  (A) Technology o Factors of production o F(K,H) aggregate production function  Diminishing Marginal Product  Marginal contribution of either physical cap or total efficiency units of labor to GDP  diminishes when we increase the quantity used of that factor “More is better”  An increase in either physical cap or total efficiency units of labor leads to an increase in  GDP  Diminishing marginal product means that a country can’t get rich just by adding lots of  physical capital , because eventually they will reach a limit  With more advanced tech, more output can be produced with the same amount of  physical capital and total efficiency units of labor  Tech will shift production function up  Advances in tech result mainly from purposeful optimizing decisions by entrepreneurs  and firms  Natural resources can also be a major factor in a country’s income per person  Resources can either be:  Renewable   Nonrenewable


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