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Econ 252: Chapter 7 and 8 Notes

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Econ 252: Chapter 7 and 8 Notes ECON 252

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These notes cover Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 lecture and book notes.
Andres Vargas
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Date Created: 02/24/16
Chapter 7: Economic Growth 7.1 – The Power of Economic Growth  Economic Growth – the increase in GDP per capita of an economy  Growth Rate – change in a quantity between two dates, relative to the baseline  Exponential Growth – situation in which the growth process can be described by an approximately constant growth rate of a variable  Catch Up Growth – growth process whereby relatively poorer nations increase their incomes by taking advantage of knowledge and technologies already invented in another  Sustained Growth – growth process where GDP per capita grows at a positive and relatively steady rate for long periods of time 7.2 – How does a Nation’s Economy Grow?  Saving Rate – designates the fraction of income that is saved  Technology change – process of new technologies and new goods and services being invented, introduced, and used in the economy, enabling the economy to achieve a higher level of GDP for given levels of physical capital stock and total efficiency units of labor 7.3 – The History of Growth and Technology  Subsistence Level – minimum level of income per person that is generally necessary for the individual to obtain enough calories, shelter and clothing to survive  Fertility – number of children per adult or per woman of childbearing age  Malthusian Cycle – preindustrial pattern in which increase in aggregate income lead to an expanding population, which in turn reduces income per capita and puts downward pressure on population  Demographic Transition – decline in fertility and number of children per family that many societies undergo as they transition from agriculture to industry  Industrial Revolution – term used for describing the series of innovations and their implementation in the production process that started to take place at the end of the eighteenth century in Britain 7.4 – Growth, Inequality, and Poverty Appendix: The Solow Growth Model  Steady-state Equilibrium – economic equilibrium in which the physical capital stock remains constant over time  Dynamic Equilibrium – traces out the behavior of the economy over time Chapter 8: Why isn’t the Whole World Developed? 8.1 – Proximate versus Fundamental Causes of Prosperity  Proximate causes of Prosperity – high levels of factors such as human capital, physical capital and technology that result in a high level of GDP per capita  Fundamental Causes of Prosperity – factors that are at the root of the differences in the proximate causes of prosperity  Geography Hypothesis – claims that the difference in geography; climate and ecology are ultimately responsible for the major differences in prosperity observed across the world  Culture Hypothesis – claims that the different values and cultural beliefs fundamentally cause the differences in prosperity around the world  Institutions – formal and informal rules governing the organization of a society including its laws and regulations  Institution Hypothesis – claims that the differences in institutions – that is, in the way societies have organize themselves and shaped the incentives of individuals and businesses – are at the root of the differences in prosperity across the world 8.2 – Institutions and Economic Development  Private property rights – individuals can own businesses and assets and their ownership is secure  Economic Institutions – aspects of the society’s rules that concern economic transactions  Inclusive Economic Institutions – protect private property, uphold law and order, allow and enforce private contracts, and allow free entry into new lines of business and occupations  Extractive Economic Institutions – do not protect private property rights, do not uphold contracts, and interfere with the workings of markets.  Political Institutions – aspects of the society’s rules that concern the allocation of political power and the constraints on the exercise of political power  Creative Destruction – process in which new technologies replace old ones, new businesses replace existing businesses, and new skills make old ones redundant  Political Creative Destruction – process in which economic growth destabilizes existing regimes and reduces the political power of rulers 8.3 – Is foreign Aid the Solution to Poverty?


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