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Chapter 1 (Principles of Macroeconomics) - Week 1 Lecture Notes

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Chapter 1 (Principles of Macroeconomics) - Week 1 Lecture Notes ECON 222 001

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Lecture on the basic principles of macroeconomics as covered by Eric Fisher at California Polytechnic State University
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Date Created: 05/02/16
Lecture 2 ECON 222 –Macro Econ March 30, 2016  Basic Principles-Microecon o 1- people face tradeoffs o 2- cost is what you give up to get it o 3- think at the margin o 4- people respond to incentiveds o 5-trade makes everybody better off  Mutually beneficial trade o 6-markets are usually a good way to organize economic activity  Market- a group of buyers and sellers  Market economy vs command and control vs traditional organization(trading)  Market best way to organize activity o Gives dignity to human being, free will/choice o 7-Governments can sometimes improve market outcomes  Fail-monopoly (arise naturally or due to gov. regulation), private transactions harm people  Roles for gov-  Enforce property rights  People are less inclined to work if their property will be stolen  Nozicks Anarchy, State, and Utopia view of government  Monopoly on violence  Enforce contracts  Create market that does not currently exist  Market failure- market fails to allocate society’s resources efficiently  Causes o Production or consumption of a good affects bystanders (e.g. pollution) o Market power- single buyer/seller has substantialiunfluence on market price (e.g. monopoly)  In such cases, public policy may promote efficiency o 8- A country’s standard of living depends on its ability to produce goods and services  Productivity source of wellbeing  Huge variation in living standards across countries and over time  Average income in rich countries 10x poor countries  US standard of living today 8x larger than 100 years ago o DUE TO OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY  Output of marketable goods/services per unit labor  $10^12 for 160million workers=133k per year  Productivity increases by  Infrastructure/physical capital  knowledge/human capital  equipment skills technology available to workers  invention of new ideas (human creativity) = human prosperity o 9-Prices rise when the government prints too much money  Inflation- increases in the generl level of price  In the long run- inflation caused by excessive growth in the quantity of money which causes the value of money to fall  The faster central bank creates money, the greater the inflation rate  Money- record keeping way of who has done what exchanges o No trust in market- money creates trust o 10- markets are interdependent  If market for cars is booming, then the demand for bus rides will decrease  If dollar is strong, import competing sectors will have a weak demand  Most important market is that for labor, if there is unemployment then there are effects in other markets too


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