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Macroeconomics, 10th Edition



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Author: Michael Parkin

Publisher: Prentice Hall

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Publish Date: January 24, 2011

ISBN-10: 131394452

Pages: 456

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The future is always uncertain. But at some times, and now is one such time, the range of possible near-future events is enormous. The major source of this great uncertainty is economic policy. There is uncertainty about the way in which international trade policy will evolve as protectionism is returning to the political agenda. There is uncertainty about exchange rate policy as competitive devaluation rears its head. There is extraordinary uncertainty about monetary policy with the Fed having doubled the quantity of bank reserves and continuing to create more money in an attempt to stimulate a flagging economy. And there is uncertainty about fiscal policy as a trillion dollar deficit interacts with an aging population to create a national debt time bomb.

Since the subprime mortgage crisis of August 2007 moved economics from the business report to the front page, justified fear has gripped producers, consumers, financial institutions, and governments. Even the idea that the market is an efficient mechanism for allocating scarce resources came into question as some political leaders trumpeted the end of capitalism and the dawn of a new economic order in which tighter regulation reigned in unfettered greed.

Rarely do teachers of economics have such a rich feast on which to draw. And rarely are the principles of economics more surely needed to provide the solid foundation on which to think about economic events and navigate the turbulence of economic life.

Although thinking like an economist can bring a clearer perspective to and deeper understanding of today’s events, students don’t find the economic way of thinking easy or natural. Macroeconomics seeks to put clarity and understanding in the grasp of the student through its careful and vivid exploration of the tension between self-interest and the social interest, the role and power of incentives—of opportunity cost and marginal benefit—and demonstrating the possibility that markets supplemented by other mechanisms might allocate resources efficiently.

Parkin students begin to think about issues the way real economists do and learn how to explore difficult policy problems and make more informed decisions in their own economic lives.

CONTENTS

PART ONE INTRODUCTION 1
CHAPTER 1 What Is Economics? 1
CHAPTER 2 The Economic Problem 29
CHAPTER 3 Demand and Supply 51
PART TWO MONITORING MACROECONOMIC PERFORMANCE 83
CHAPTER 4 Measuring GDP and Economic Growth 83
CHAPTER 5 Monitoring Jobs and Inflation 107
PART THREE MACROECONOMIC TRENDS 133
CHAPTER 6 Economic Growth 133
CHAPTER 7 Finance, Saving, and Investment 159
CHAPTER 8 Money, the Price Level, and Inflation 183
CHAPTER 9 The Exchange Rate and the Balance of Payments 211
PART FOUR MACROECONOMIC FLUCTUATIONS 241
CHAPTER 10 Aggregate Supply and Aggregate Demand 241
CHAPTER 11 Expenditure Multipliers: The Keynesian Model 265
CHAPTER 12 U.S. Inflation, Unemployment, and Business Cycle 295
PART FIVE MACROECONOMIC POLICY 321
CHAPTER 13 Fiscal Policy 321
CHAPTER 14 Monetary Policy 347
CHAPTER 15 International Trade Policy 371


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