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ECN204 Notes BEFORE Midterm

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Economics
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ECN 204
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Amy Peng

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Macroeconomics (BEFORE MIDTERM) - Whole economy - Subdivision/aggregates (total) ; GDP, inflation - Economic growth, price stability (inflation), GDP Inflation J price change from one period to another Milton Friedman - Took 5 years to get rid of inflation in Japan - Inflation is just like alcoholism, in both cases, when you start drinking or when you start printing too much money. The good effects come first; the bad effects only come later. That's why, in both cases, there is a strong temptation to overdo it, to drink too much and to print too much money. When it comes to the cure, it's the other way around, when you stop drinking or when you stop printing money the bad effects come first and the good effects only come later. That's why it's so hard to persist with the cure. Aggregate Demand-Aggregate Supply Model (AS-AS) Begin at Point A J produce @ 2% inflation SR increase, demand increase J Point B for growth GDP As price goes up, demand cuts J Point C, D, Inflation high, instability, move to LR J Point E LR J Long run, fixed technology, resource SR J short run Short run J price not easily adjustable (change) Point F J worst situation, low GDP level, high inflation Orange arrowJ inflate; Blue - deflate www.notesolution.com Orange J Good first, bad after 1. Despite the central bank's attempts to reduce inflation between times B and E, the inflation rate inevitably still increases. What can explain this? Reduce demand 2. Suppose the economy is at time E. What must Argentina's central bank do in order to reduce the inflation rate from 12% to 2%? Will this be politically popular? 3. Using the AD-AS model, explain what Friedman means by "When it comes to the cure, it's the other way around, when you stop drinking or when you stop printing money the bad effects come first and the good effects only come later. That's why it's so hard to persist with the cure." Economic Models & Analysis Prices J vertical axis Slope J rise/run (marginal effect) Intercepts Consumption Function = C = mx + b (between income & consumption relationship) Production Possibilities Model J allocate resources efficiently & effectively Assumptions: - Full employment & productive efficiency - Fixed resources, technology - Two goods, consumer & capital goods Production Possibilities Law of Increasing Opportunity Cost J Opportunity cost increases with amount produced, shape steeper www.notesolution.com Optimal Allocation J MC=MB Marginal benefit J extra benefit associated with consuming one more unit Marginal Cost J extra opportunity cost of that extra unit Present Choices & Future Possibilities Favoring present goods = consumer goods Favoring future goods = capital goods Resource Allocation J handle in different societies - Command, Mixed, Invisible Hand (Free Market) DATA J pieces of evidence about behavior - Help quantify theoretical relationships, test models/beliefs Types of Data - Time series data * - Cross section data (survey) - Longitudinal data Index Number J choose reference point - Consumer Price Index (CPI) - Nominal & Real variables - Quality & Technological Change - Measuring Change in economic variables The Circular Flow Diagram www.notesolution.com www.notesolution.com
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