Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Post 22: 15 things learned from practice quizzes

                                                      Quiz 1
1. The Census Bureau conducts a monthly study called the Current Population Survey.
2. Marginally attached workers are people who once held productive jobs but have given up looking for work.
3. Structual unemployment is unemployment that results from changes in technology or in the way the economy is structured.
4. Frictional unemployment is unemployment attributed to workers moving from one job to another.
5. 95% of the labor force has full employment.

                                                       Quiz 2
1. Aggregate supply is the total amount of goods and services produced throughout the economy.
2. A supply shock  is an event that increases the cost of production for all or many firms.
3. To construct the consumer price index, the Bureau of Labor Statistics selects a sample of commonly purchased consumer items, called the market basket.
4. High interest rates lead to less consumer spending.
5. The worst degree of inflation is called hyperinflation.

                                                       Quiz 3
1. Poverty thresholds are adjusted annually based on changes in the comsumer price index.
2. To measure the amount of inequality in the distribution of income, economists plot a Lorenz Curve.
3. The data used to plot a Lorenz Curve can also be used to compute the Gini Index.
4. One potential cause of the widening disparity in incomes in the United States is the increase in divorce rates and out-of-wedlock births.
5. The heavy corporate downsizing of the late 1980s and early 1990s increased unemployment and resulted in many workers settling for lower-paying jobs.

Post 21: Vocab. terms list

National Income Accounting- Process used for tracking production, income, and consumption in a nations economy.
Gross Domestic Product- Total value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given year.
Output Expenditure Model- A method of computing the GDP by adding the total value of consumer and government spending.
Personal Consumption Expenditure- Total spending by consumers for durable goods, nondurable goods, and services during a specified period of time.
Gross Investment- Total value of private spending in the economy for capital assets.
Nominal GDP- The value of a nations GDP at the current prices of the period being measured.
Real GDP- The value of a nations GDP after it has been adjusted for inflation.
Price Index- A set of statistics that allows economists to compare prices over time.
Underground Economy- Illegal economic activities or unreported legal activities that are not accounted for in national income measures.
Gross National Product- Total value of all final goods and services produced with factors of production owned by citizens of a different country.
Business Cycle- A recurring pattern in economic activity that is characterized by alternating periods of expansion and contraction.
Expansion- A period of the business cycle during which economic activity is increasing toward a peak.
Peak-The point of the business cycle during which employment production and wages are at their highest.
Contraction- A period in the business cycle during which business activity slows down and overall economic indicators decline.
Recession- Substantial and general decline in over all business activity over a signifigant period of time.
Depression- A prolonged and severe recession.
Trough-The lowest point of the business cycle.
Leading Indicators- Set of economic factors that anticipate the expansions and contractions of the business cycle from one month up to two years before similar changes in overall economic activity occur.
Coincident Indicators- Set of economic factors that move up or down with the economy.
Lagging Indicators- Set of E.F that help economicts predict the duration of economic up or downturns.
Real GDP Per Capita-The $ value adjusted for inflation of all final goods and services produced  per person  in an economy in a given year.
Labor Productivity- Measure of how much each worker produces in a given period of time.
Productivity Growth- Increase in output per worker per hour worked.
Capitol-to-labor ratio- Amount of capital resources available per worker.
Capital Deepening- The increasing of capital resources at a faster rate than the increasing of the labor force.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Post 7: 4 Types of Monopolies

Technological - The Wii with motion sensor gaming. The Wii was the only company with motion sensor until this year when Xbox 360's Kinect and Playstation's Move came out.

Geographical - Comcast (if it is the only cable provider in the area)

Natural - Sewer System

Government - U.S. Postal System

Friday, December 17, 2010

Post 6: U.S. Antitrust Laws Review Game

Enjoy this review game I created :)

Post 5: One monopoly I would like to see broken up

   I would like to see the PSEG monopoly broken up.  Currently there is only one company that my family and friends can get electricity from, and that's PSEG.  I believe that my friends and family will greatly benefit from this monopoly breaking up.  PSEG can charge whatever they please because people have to go to them if they want electricity.  If broken up, prices will lower which will benefit the consumers (my friends and family).  I believe lower prices for electricity are necessary for consumers given the current state of the economy.

Post 4: 8 things learned from the 3 practice quizzes

1. If there are any barriers to entry in a market, sellers cannot compete easily and fully.
2. Oligopoly is the most common noncompetitive market in the United States.
3. A collusion is when sellers secretly agree to set production levels or prices for their products.
4. Breakfast cereals are an example of an oligopoly in the United States.
5. "Trusts" are another term for huge monopolies that dominated the era of "big business".
6. "Laissez-faire" is a philosophy that states that economic systems prosper when the government does not interfere with the market in any way.
7. The Federal Trade Commission Act was passed in 1914 to investigate charges of unfair methods of competition and commerce.
8. United States never decided to return to a laissez-faire policy and end antitrust investigations.