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Intermediate Macroeconomics Notes Week #11

by: Zachary Hill

Intermediate Macroeconomics Notes Week #11 ECON 3020

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These notes cover the beginning of our in depth look at the total factor productivity.
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Antonio Bojanic
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Econ, ECON 3020, Bojanic, Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics
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Date Created: 04/03/16
ECON 3020 Notes for Week #11  28 March 2016  Final day of Spring Break  30 March 2016  Receive and review Midterms  1 April 2016  Total Factor Productivity  ● What exactly do we mean by A, and how can countries improve their A values  ● These models are endogenous  0.3 0.7 ● Y = AK L   ● The best proxy for A is technological growth  ● K  and L are rival in nature; when you use one part of one of these factors for one thing,  the same part cannot be used for another; we call such things rival objects  ● Technology is non­rival; it can be utilized by many people in many places at the same  time  ● Traditional factor inputs are excludable; the owner of K and L  can exclude others from  using it unless they pay for it  ● Technology has a very low excludability; it can be seen in some cases as  non­excludable  ● As a result, investment in R&D in the private technology sector is low because new  technology can easily be accessed due to its low excludability (whether through legal or  illegal means)  ● What can be done to increase productivity and technology?  ○ Infrastructure  ■ Electricity, roads, sanitation and sewer systems, etc. are essential for  creating conditions in which A can grow  ○ Human capital improvements  ■ Investment in human capital, such as education investment, allows  people to utilize and create new technologies  ○ Encouraging R&D  ■ Government spending: the government directly invests money and time  into the creation of new technologies  ■ Tax incentives: tax incentives in the private sector are meant to  incentivize investments in R&D there, giving tax breaks to those that  invest or take part in R&D in the private sector  ■ Patents: the claiming of an idea as one’s own; protected by the  government against others attempting to use or claim said idea as their  own for the length of the patent  ○ Institutions needed for technological development  ■ The rules, regulations, and laws of a country  ■ Property rights: the most important institution; must be able to enforce  legal contracts  ● Common law legal system: a system in which the law is constantly  being reinterpreted by judges as the society progresses; more  flexible and better accommodates new technology  ● Napoleonic code legal system: a system with statutes that cannot  be changed and are enforced strictly; difficult for the system to  accommodate changes  ● Mixed legal system: a system with statutes that are constantly  being changed and reinterpreted by the judges  ● Countries near the equator tend to be poorer than countries in more temperate climates  ○ European settles that went to warmer climates died from disease so the living  few were the minority, while they survived better in more temperate climates   ○ In all colonies they revised the legal system to strongly favor themselves  ○ In equatorial countries they were the powerful but small upper class, while, as a  larger share of the total people, they were closer to the average middle class in  more temperate climates  ○ These effects are still being felt today  ●  


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