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Two Facts about income and growth around the world...

Fact 1: vast differences in living standards around the world
Fact 2: great variation in growth rates across countries

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B/c of great variance of growth b/w countries...

not necessarily poor forever (Signapore)
richer can be over-taken by faster growing countries

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productivity =

avergae Q of G+S per worker per hour

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y =

real GDP = Q of output produced

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L =

quantity of labour

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y/L =

productivity (output/worker)

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when workers are productive real GDP is high and so are incomes (t/f)

t

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What determines productivity + growth rates? (4 things)

1. level of technology
2. physical capital per worker
3. human capital per worker
4. natural resources per worker

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Physical Capital is...

-stock of equipment + structures for G+S production (depicted as K)

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Human Capital is...

-knowledge/skills per worker from education, training , experience, etc. (depicted as H)

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Natural Resources are...

inputs into production from nature; some countries richer than others (depicted as N)

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Technological Knowledge is...

societal understanding of best way to produce G+S (eg. assembly lines) (depicted A)

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Production Function for productivity + factors is... (formula)

y = AF (L , K , H, N)
productivity = technology x inputs to produce output (labour, physical capital, human capital, natural resources)

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incr. K can boost production (t/f). it is called...

true, called investment.

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incr investment is a tradeoff b/w _______ + _____ consumption. B/c more capital = fewer consumption goods (due to ___)

current; future; scarcity

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Diminishing returns to capital is...
(low K gains is _____ country; high K gains is_____ country)

as K rises, production and standard of living rise, but incr. is much higher when little amount of K to begin with, otherwise it is very minimal.
-poor; rich

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Catch Up Effect

-lower countries having faster growth rates b/c of minimal K (physical capital) invested already. What is invested helps significantly.

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To raise K/L gov't can encourage... (2)
When best?

1. foreign direct investment (owned + operated by foreign)
2. foreign portfolio investment (owned foreign, operated by local)
-returns flow back to foreign investor.
-best when a poor country can't save enough to "jump start"

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To increase productivity.... (2)

1. Human Investment
2. Respect for Property Rights

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human Investment incr productivity b/c...

-education makes workers more effective
-health: healthy workers are more productive

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Respect for property rights helps productivity b/c...

-there is less investment w/ political instability, corrupt police, or ineffective courts (why invest if its not safe?)

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Free trade types: (2)
-which more successful?

1. inward oriented policies (avoiding foreign investment)
-generally a fail
2. outward oriented policies (promote integration into world market)

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Technological progress is the main reason living standards rise over time (t/f)
why?

t.
-knowledge is a public good (shared freely)

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How do gov'ts encourage technological progress?

patent laws, tax incentives, research grants, etc

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Population Growth Effects on Economy (3)

1. Stretch Natural Resources
2. Diluting the Capital Stock
3. Promote Technology Progress

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Pop Growth Stretches Natural Resources is...

a Malthus argument; did not account for technological progress and production growth so not as much of a factor

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Pop growth Dilutes Capital Stock b/c...

bigger population = higher labour = lower K/L (capital/worker)
-human capital effects: more kids = larger education system strain

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Pop. Growth Promotes Technological Progress by...

more ppl = more discoveries (more scientists, engineers, inventors, etc)
-scarcer resources = higher prices = larger incentive to find alternatives

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t/f Long Run living standards are not determined by productivity.

f. they are