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1. Chapter 4 - Inflation

1.1. A general and sustained rise in the general price level over time

1.1.1. CPI Consumer Price Indea, offucial UK measurement of inflation CPI includes 87% of the goods in the RPI basket, however also includes items such as cars, computer hardware etc

1.1.2. RPI Basket of goods, prices measured them compared over time

1.1.3. Government want inflation in the UK to be at 2.0%

1.2. Demand pull

1.2.1. Demand side

1.2.2. Aggregate demand outpaces aggregate supply

1.3. Cost push

1.3.1. Supply side

1.3.2. Substantial increases in the cost of important goods or services where no suitable alternative is available

1.4. Problems?

1.4.1. Inflation has a marked impact on some social groups, eg pensioners or workers in a weak bargaining position

1.4.2. Redistributed money from savers towards borrowers

1.4.3. Workers will want higher wages if they think inflation will occur

1.4.4. Rapid inflation creates uncertainty in an economy

1.4.5. Price signals will become blurred

1.5. Main Causes

1.5.1. Demand pull Loose fiscal policy Loose monetary policy Weak exchange rate

1.5.2. Cost push Higher wages Higher indirect taxes Higher import prices High commodity prices

1.6. Cures

1.6.1. Demand pull Demand side policies Tighten fiscal policy - reduce gov. spending Tighten monetary policy - rise interest rates

1.6.2. Cost push Supply side policies Increase investment Increase education & training Reduce union power Increase immigration Raise productivity

1.7. Factors effecting inflation

1.7.1. Exchange rate

1.7.2. Immigration

1.7.3. Information technology (raising productivity)

1.7.4. Globalisation

1.8. Deflation is a sustained reduction in the general level of prices

1.8.1. Falling aggregate demand causes it, firms cut their prices to cope with the fall in demand

2. Chapter 5 - The Current Account


2.1.1. Strong pound -> imports cheap -> exports dear


2.2.1. Weak pound -> imports dear -> exports cheap

2.3. Balance of payments

2.3.1. + exports of goods - imports of goods = balance of trade in goods

2.3.2. + exports of services - imports of services = balance of trade in services

2.3.3. +/- net income flows +/- net transfers = current account balnce

2.4. The current account is the sum of the balance of trade (exports minus imports of goods and services), net factor income (such as interest and dividends) and net transfer payments (such as foreign aid).

2.5. Exchange rate

2.5.1. The rate at which one currency will be exchanged for another Appreciation of the exchange rate means that is it stronger Growth falls Unemployment rises Inflation falls Current account worsens Depreciation on the exchange rate means that it is weaker Growth rises Unemployment falls Inflation falls Current account improves

3. Chapter 6 - AD / AS

3.1. AD = C + I + G + (X-M)

3.1.1. Consumption - Consumer confidence

3.1.2. Investment - Business confidence, interet rates

3.1.3. Government Spending

3.1.4. Exports

3.1.5. Imports

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4. Chapter 1 - Macroeconomics

4.1. Scarce Resources - Factors of Production, used to make output

4.1.1. Land

4.1.2. Labour

4.1.3. Capital

4.1.4. Enterprise

4.2. Supply Side

4.2.1. Economy has a limited level of output

4.2.2. Economic Problem = infinite wants & finite resources

4.2.3. Economies ability to make output increases over time UK = 2.5% growth per year since WW2 Investment R&D Education & Training Population Growth

4.2.4. Pos + Neg output gaps Trend + Actual growth Trend = Normal rate of capacity utilisation Recession periods (NoG) firms sack workers and incomes fall Boom periods (PoG) firms use Factors of P very intensively

4.2.5. Supply Side Policies Increase the supply side of an economy Lower trade union power Privatisation lower income tax

4.2.6. Circular Flow of Income

5. Chapter 2 - Economic Growth

5.1. National Output = National Expenditure = National Income

5.1.1. Value of Total Production (Within domestic boundaries of UK) = GDP Nominal Real = nominal - inflation However, GDP doesnt include returns from overseas assets (eg BP Angola)

5.1.2. All Income = GNP GNP = GDP + net property income from abroad

5.2. Long Term Economic Growth = An increase in the potential level of real output the economy can produce over a given period of time

5.2.1. Increase in total productive capacity (PPF outward shift)

5.2.2. Supply side policies

5.2.3. Improved supply = economy can grow at a more rapid rate, however there must be sufficient demand

5.3. Short Term Economic Growth = The percentage change in real GDP

5.3.1. Real National Output = The total value of goods and services produced in an economy over a given time period

5.3.2. Uses the spare capacity in an economy (moving onto the PPF, by reducing unemployment for example)

5.4. GDP/GDP Growth

5.4.1. GDP growth is not the same as GDP

5.4.2. GDP measures the level of national output

5.4.3. GDP growth measures how much real GDP has risen or fallen in a given time period, and is expressed as a percentage Recessions cause an economy to grow less fast

5.4.4. Movement in LRAS = long term economic growth

5.5. Demand side / Supply side policies

5.5.1. Demand side = Monetary & Fiscal

5.5.2. Supply side = Some Fiscal + others

5.6. AD/AS

5.6.1. Aggregate Demand = C+I+G+(X-M) Consumer Spending + Investment + Government Spending + (Total Exports - Total Imports)

5.6.2. Aggregate Supply = The total level of output supplied within an economy at any given price SRAS = The level of output firms are prepared to produce an each price level (normal upwards sloping supply curve) LRAS = The normal capacity level of output of the economy

6. Chapter 3 - Unemployment

6.1. In the population of working age, out of work and actively seeking employment

6.1.1. People who are not seeking employment are economically inactive

6.2. Claimant Count & Labour Survey

6.2.1. Used to measure unemployment

6.3. Causes, Types and Solutions

6.3.1. Cyclical Cyclical or Keynesian unemployment, also known as deficient-demand unemployment, occurs when there is not enough aggregate demand in the economy to provide jobs for everyone who wants to work. Demand side policies to counter cyclical unemployment.

6.3.2. Structural Structural unemployment occurs when a labour market is unable to provide jobs for everyone who wants one because there is a mismatch between the skills of the unemployed workers and the skills needed for the available jobs. Improve and promote policies which promote occupational and geographical mobility. Supply side policies eg training will also reduce structural unemployment.

6.3.3. Frictional Frictional unemployment is the time period between jobs when a worker is searching for, or transitioning from one job to another. Firstly, increasing the knowledge of the local vacancies through government funded 'job centres' could reduce time between jobs. Secondly, increasing the incentive to search for suitable jobs (such as reducing unemployment benefits and lower taxes on wages) could serve the dual purpose of increasing incentives to search for work, and making more vacancies acceptable to the unemployed individuals.

6.3.4. Seasonal Seasonal employment refers to a situation where a number of persons are not able to find jobs during some months of the year No solutioin for seasonal.

6.3.5. Classical Classical or real-wage unemployment occurs when real wages for a job are set above the market-clearing level, causing the number of job-seekers to exceed the number of vacancies. Lower real wages

6.4. General Solutions

6.4.1. Cyclical Demand side policies.

6.4.2. Structural, Frictional, Seasonal, Classical Supply side policies.

6.5. Consequences of Unemployment

6.5.1. Loss of income for an individual.

6.5.2. skills lost when unemployed.

6.5.3. Benefits must be paye to unemployed people.

6.5.4. Tax revenue is lost by the government.

6.5.5. Economy loses the forgone output

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