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ECON 142 Week 7 Notes!

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ECON 142 Week 7 Notes! Econ 142

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Only one lecture this week due to the test on Tuesday. Covers Trading and Comparative Advantage.
Dr. Brian Staihr
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ComparativeAdvantage, Trading, Econ, 142
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Date Created: 10/06/16
ECON 142 Week 7 Chapters 2 and 9: International Trade and Comparative Advantage US Trade Statistics US exports to other countries in ’15: 2.23 trillion US imported: 2.761 trillion This is a trade deficit. Both of these numbers are growing, which means we are becoming more globalized. Who we import from: Who we sell to:  1. China 482B 1. Canada 280B 2. Canada 295B 2. Mexico 236B 3. Mexico 294B 3. China 116B 4. European Union 426B 4. European Union 273B PPF: Production Possibilities Frontier (PPC=Production Possibilities Curve) A picture of all possible combos of output that can be produced using all of your inputs and using them efficiently. Opportunity Cost: The value of the thing you didn’t do. When PPF is shaped like a bow, opportunity costs change depending on where you are on the curve. GAINS FROM TRADE: Specialize in the thing you do best, than trade… Both countries end up better off than they would be on their own. Trade is NOT a "zero sum game”! REMEMBER: Any point to the right of a country’s PPF is a combo this country could not do by themselves. So it represents “having more”. Terms of Trade: How many of one for how many of another. 1 coconut for 3 bananas is the same thing as 1 banana for 1/3 of a coconut COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE: A country has a comparative advantage in the thing where the opportunity cost is lowest. The country should export that thing in which it has a comparative advantage. Calculating Opp Cost: Russia can produce 16 wheat OR 8 oil. If Russia is producing 1 wheat it’s not producing 1/2 oil. Albania is producing 3 wheat and 6 oil If Albania is producing 1 wheat it’s not producing 2 oil. Russia has the lowest opportunity cost when producing wheat. Albania has lowest opportunity cost when producing oil. Country A makes 10 corn OR 15 soybeans Country B makes 8 corn OR 13 soybeans AND Country A makes 1 corn or 1.5 soybeans Country B makes 1 or 1.625 soybeans Country A has the comparative advantage in producing corn, so A should export corn.


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