A rational decision benefi ts the decision maker asmuch as possible. To make a rational yes-or-nodecision you should pick the option that has a. the highest benefi t. b. the lowest cost. c. benefi ts that outweigh the costs. d. costs that outweigh the benefi ts.
Lecture 1, January 23 Main course topics ❖ What are economic aggregates and how de we measure them ➢ Economic aggregate way of adding up numbers from individual firms and industries to arrive at a single, “big picture” number ■ Ex: GDP, inflation rate, unemployment rate, etc. ❖ What determines aggregate (macro) performance ❖ The impact of government spending and taxation on macroeconomic performance ❖ Money, the Federal Reserve, and the impact of monetary policy on macroeconomic performance ❖ The impact of international trade and finance on domestic macroeconomic performance Classical vs. Keynesian economics ❖ classical/neoclassical markets tend to selfequilibrate and a market economy graditates