# What is macroeconomics?

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What is macroeconomics?

Studies interaction between main aggregate economic
variables:

1.

Output

2.

Employment

3.

Inflation

Studies impact of main government policies:

1.

Fiscal policy

2.

Monetary policy

Simplifies and summarizes these interactions with
models

of the economy

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Difference with microeconomics

Micro studies
supply and demand

relations
in a specific market,
production
at the level
of the firm,
consumption

at the level of the
consumer etc…

Micro make use of
relative

prices and not
price
levels

Micro is based on premises which are
generally accepted while macro evolves
overtime and its premises depend on schools
of thought (e.g. Keynesian versus classical
assumptions)

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The 3 main measures of macro performance

Aggregate output

measures total production in the economy

Total Gross Domestic Product
-

GDP

GDP per capita (GDP/number of inhabitants)

Rate of growth of GDP or (GDP
1

-
GDP
0
)/GDP
0

Unemployment rate

measures proportion of people without jobs

Inflation rate

measures the overall increase in prices

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Aggregate output: GDP

GDP is the
value of the final goods and
services

produced in the economy
during
a given period

GDP is the

in the
economy
during a given period

GDP is the
sum of income earned
in the
economy
during a given period

GDP is a
flow

(not a
stock
)

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Calculating GDP

Example:

Mine extracts iron ore.

-

\$10 worth
-

of iron ore that it
used to produce steel. It then sell the steel for
\$25 to a cutlery factory.

Cutlery manufacturer transforms the steel
-

\$25
worth
-

into a cutlery set sold directly to the
consumer (at a factory store) for \$35.

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Value of final goods:
to avoid double
counting

Value of final good =
\$35

Including the value of the iron ore or of
the steel produced would be double
counting.

Why?
Because the iron ore is included
in the value of the steel and the steel is
included in the value of the cutlery set

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Definition: Value added = value of sale
minus value of purchased inputs (the
intermediate goods used in production)

Mine: (no purchased input) VA

= \$10

Steel mill: VA = \$25
-

\$10 = \$15

Cutlery factory: VA = \$35
-

\$25

= \$10

=

\$35

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Income approach

Another interpretation of the value added
:

The value added is equal to all the production costs
incurred by the firm
-

other than the purchase of
material.

so what is left?

the payments to

owners of the factors of production.

to the owners of
land

i.e. the
rent

to the owners of

capital

i.e. the
interest

to the
workers

i.e. their wages

and to the
proprietors/entrepreneurs

i.e.

their profit

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The value added corresponds to the income
of these 4 groups (if a tax is paid to the
government, it should also be taken into
account).

Let’s now set up a table showing the rent, the
interest, the wages and the profit in each of
the 3 firms and illustrating how the sum of
these costs in equals the value added by
each firm.

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Income approach

Mine

Steel mill

Cutlery

factory

Total

Rent

\$1

\$3

\$1

\$5

Interest

\$2

\$8

\$2

\$12

Wages

\$5

\$3

\$4

\$12

Profit

\$2

\$1

\$3

\$6

VA

\$10

\$15

\$10

\$35

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Nominal and real GDP

Some data on nominal GDP

1960

1994

2000

Nominal

GDP in \$ billion

526

6,736

9,872

Growth

of nominal GDP

since 1960

x13

x16

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Nominal GDP is GDP measured in
\$

in the specific year
quoted.

Do these huge increases represent
real

growth (or growth
in the quantity of goods produced)?

Remember that GDP is calculated as the sum of the
value

of the various goods.

Value =
quantity * price

so these large rates of growth include

growth in
quantity

( or
real growth

)

as well as

growth in
price

( or
inflation

)

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Nominal GDP

Definition: sum of
value
of goods and services
produced during the year
at current prices

Nominal GDP increases overtime because

1.
quantity

of goods and services produced increases

2. their
price
also increases (inflation)

The 2nd cause does not correspond to
real

growth but to a change in the
measuring
yardstick, the dollar
(the \$ looses its value
-

it
depreciates
-

it shrinks ).

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The \$ looses its value
-

it
depreciates
-

it shrinks

GDP in 2000

1950 \$

2000 \$

GDP = 5

GDP = 10

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How to calculate real GDP?

Nominal GDP is calculated every year.

But these yearly data do not allow us to judge
by how much the economy has actually grown,
in terms of
quantity
of goods and services
produced.

So we need to calculate
real

GDP to appraise
the real growth of the economy over the years.

Unfortunately there are more than one way to
do it!

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How do we
neutralize

the effect of the changes
in price in order to
only retain

the effect of the
changes in quantity?

The solution is to measure GDP in 2 different
years with the same set of prices. Then the
difference in the two measures of GDP will only
include the change in quantity.

Which set of prices should we use?

Depending of the set of prices chosen we will get
slightly different results.

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Calculation of real GDP: the index problem

As price increases are not homogeneous*,
the conversion from nominal to real GDP
will yield different results according to the
base year used

First year
-

Laspeyres Index

Last year
-

Paasche Index

This problem can be circumvented by using
a
chained
index

* i.e.
not the same for every good

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Nominal GDP Growth

P
0

Q
0

P
0
Q
0

P
1

Q
1

P
1
Q
1

Books

\$1

1000

\$1000

\$1.1

1050

\$1155

TV

\$500

10

\$5000

\$600

11

\$6600

Nominal

GDP

\$6000

\$7755

Rate of growth of nominal GDP:

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Real growth versus inflation

Real growth

%∆Q

Inflation

%∆P

BOOKS

5%

10%

TV

10%

20%

For the
economy

?

?

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Base: earlier year
-

Laspeyres

P
0

Q
0

P
0
Q
0

P
0

Q
1

P
0
Q
1

Books

\$1

1000

\$1000

\$1

1050

\$1050

TV

\$500

10

\$5000

\$500

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\$5500

Real

GDP

\$6000

\$6550

Rate of growth of real GDP:

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Base: latter year
-

Paasche

P
1

Q
0

P
1
Q
0

P
1

Q
1

P
1
Q
1

Books

\$1.1

1000

\$1100

\$1.1

1050

\$1155

TV

\$600

10

\$6000

\$600

11

\$6600

Real

GDP

\$7100

\$7755

Rate of growth of real GDP:

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Chained index*: average price

P
aver

Q
0

P
aver
Q
0

P
aver

Q
1

P
aver
Q
1

Books

\$1.05

1000

\$1050

\$1.05

1050

\$1102.5

TV

\$550

10

\$5500

\$550

11

\$6050

Real

GDP

\$6550

\$7152.5

Rate of growth of real GDP:

*Approximation for actual method

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Terminology

Nominal GDP or \$Y

\$GDP

GDP in current dollars

Real GDP or Y

GDP in terms of goods

GDP in constant dollars

GDP in 1995 dollar (if base=1995)

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Unemployment rate u

L = N + U

L is labor force

N is number of employed

U is number of unemployed

u = U/L

u is rate of unemployment

Data gathered by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Current Population Survey

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A = L + NL

NL is not in the labor force

Discouraged workers (not looking for job anymore)

Retirees, home makers etc.

Participation rate = L/A

When u is high, people stop looking for jobs
and # of discouraged workers (in NL)
increases, hence the participation rate drops

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Labor statistics problem

In a given month in the US,

100 million people are working: N = 100

10 million are not working but are looking for work: U = 10

and 20 million are not working and have given up looking for work: DW = 20.

Calculate the labor force: L = N + U = 100 + 10 = 110

Calculate the official unemployment rate: u = U/L = 10/110 = 9.1%

If an additional 40 million adults are not working for various other reasons beside
being discouraged (retired, homemaker etc.)

Calculate the adult population: A = L + DW + 40 = 170

Calculate the participation rate: PR = L/A = 110/170 = 65%

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Unemployment & output: Okun’s law

-
2

-
1

0

1

2

3

0

1

2

-
1

-
2

∆ in u

GDP growth

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

This is a purely empirical relation showing that high increases in
unemployment correspond to low output growth

%∆ in GDP = 3%
-

2* ∆ in u

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The inflation rate

Definition: rate at which the price level
increases

Measured

By GDP deflator = nominal GDP / real GDP

By CPI or Consumer Price Index

GDP deflator can be calculated by methods
similar to those developed for the
calculation of real GDP

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Calculation of GDP deflator

Using data from previous example

Year 0 (as base)

Year 1

Nominal

\$6000

\$7755

Real

\$6000

\$6550

GDP Deflator

1

1.18

That is: the rate of inflation is 18%

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CPI or Consumer Price Index

Based on cost in \$ of a fixed basket of goods and
services consumed by an average urban
consumer

Monthly indicator existing since 1917 (BLS)

Data gathered in 85 cities and 22,000 retail stores

Revised every 10 years as consumption changes

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Difference between GDP deflator and CPI

Deflator based on all the goods and services
produced in the economy so it includes
government, investment and exports.

CPI is based on a fixed subset of consumption
goods and services so it includes imports.

The set of goods and services on which the
deflator is based changes from year to year
while the set included in the CPI is adjusted
every 10 years.

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Inflation and unemployment:

the Phillips curve

∆ in π

u

4

6

8

10

0

-
1

-
2

-
3

-
4

4

3

2

1

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

It shows a negative relation