Macroeconomics is the branch of economics that examines the entire economy. In this case, macroeconomics will lead you into an investigation in the following issues;
1. Unemployment (Unit 7)
2. Inflation (Unit 6)
3. GDP Growth (Unit 5/U6)
4. International trade (Unit 4)
5. Balance of Payment and exchange rate issues (Unit 6)
PURPOSE OF PRESENTATION
This presentation provides a brief introduction to two important macroeconomic phenomenon i.e. unemployment and inflation.
TERMS RELATED TO UNEMPLOYMENT
1. Unemployment – all those people who are willing and able to work
but are unable to find jobs (Hardwick et al, 1994).
2. Unemployment Rate – (see below)
3. Participation Rate – Measures the labour force as a percentage of the
total population within the working age.
4. Discouraged Worker – A worker who withdraws from the labour
market because of poor job prospects
(Hardwick et al,1994)
5. Working Population – Employed plus the unemployed.
6. Labour Force – Those people in the economy who are willing and
able to work (within the working age).
7. Labour Productivity – The amount of output produced by a unit of
labour (Baumol and Blinder, 1999).
WHAT IS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE?
Defined: the number of people within the working population that is unemployed.
Formula: Unemployed X 100
e.g. 8 million X 100 = 5.3%
(source: Colander, 2006:525)
HOW IS UNEMPLOYMENT REPRESENTED IN ECONOMICS?
Generally, unemployment is represented using statistics that are presented using graphs, tables or other forms of appropriate representation that were generated by various agencies e.g. IMF, World Bank, ILO, Central Banks, other governmental agencies etc.
FIGURE: PPC ILLUSTRATING
UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE ECONOMY
Good Y Any point inside the PPC represents unemployment e.g. C. Once the PPC is not producing at a point along the curve AB and is producing at a point in side the curve means that there are unemployed resources that are available to increase the economy’s GDP.
KEYNESIAN CROSS: DEFLATIONARY GAP
GDP Capacity GDP
O Ye Y1 OUTPUT
How does the rate of unemployment differs from the participation rate?
The unemployment rate measures the percentage of the total workforce or labour force that is willing and able to work but cannot find jobs while, the participation rate examines the total labour force as a percentage of the total population.
TERMS RELATED TO INFLATION
1. Inflation – A persistent tendency for the general price level to rise (Hardwick et al, 1994).
2. Inflation Rate – The percentage increase in the retail price index over a period of one year.
3. Retail Price Index (RPI) – An index which aims to measure the change in the average price of a basket of goods and services that represents the consumption pattern of a typical household.
4. Consumer Price Index (CPI) – Is an index of inflation measuring prices of a fixed basket of consumer goods, weighted according to each component’s share of an average consumer’s expenditure (Colander, 2006: 531).
HOW IS INFLATION MEASURED?
Inflation is measured using an index i.e. RPI or the CPI.
Formula: Current Year – Base Year X 100
E.g. 105 – 100 X 100 = 5%
N.B. the rate of inflation in this case is 5% and remember that the base year is always given an index of 100 .
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