Lectures_Outline_Chpt2

Use the prices in the base year to calculate the

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Unformatted text preview: – Choose a base year. – Use the prices in the base year to calculate the value of final goods. – Growth of output: (Yt-Yt-1)/Yt-1 • If > 0, expansions. • If < 0, recessions – Real GDP per capita = Real GDP/Population EXAMPLE: Pizza year 2002 2003 2004 P $10 $10 $11 $12 Latte Q 400 500 600 P $2.00 $2.00 $2.50 $3.00 Compute real GDP in each year, using 2002 as the base year: Q 1000 1100 1200 Increase: 2002: $10 x 400 + $2 x 1000 = $6,000 2003: $10 x 500 + $2 x 1100 = $7,200 2004: $10 x 600 + $2 x 1200 = $8,400 20.0% 16.7% Measuring GDP: Some Caveats • Caveat: – Choice of the Base Year • Use Chained dollars to compute the ``Growth rate” [see Appendix to Ch.2] – Quality of Products • see Focus Box “Real GDP, Technological Progress, and the Price of Computers” – Home Production (housework, shopping, food preparation, etc…) The Inflation Rate “Inflation is when you pay $15 for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for $5 when you had hair.” - Sam Ewing The Inflation Rate • Inflation: a situation...
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