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S OURCE : LECTURE OF B RAD D E L ONG. I NCLUSIVE I NSTITUTIONS D EFINED INCLUSIVE INSTITUTIONS (p. 74): “Inclusive economic institutions…are those that.

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3 I NCLUSIVE I NSTITUTIONS D EFINED INCLUSIVE INSTITUTIONS (p. 74): “Inclusive economic institutions…are those that allow and encourage participation by the great mass of people in economic activities that make best use of their talents and skills and that enable individuals to make the choices they wish.

4 M ORE ON I NCLUSIVE I NSTITUTIONS (p. 75): Inclusive economic institutions foster economic activity, productivity growth, and economic prosperity. Secure private property rights are central, since only those with such rights will be willing to invest and increase productivity. A businessman who expects his output to be stolen, expropriated, or entirely taxed away will have little incentive to work, let alone any incentive to undertake investments and innovations. But such rights must exist for the majority of people in society. (p. 76): Inclusive economic institutions create inclusive markets, which not only give people freedom to pursue the vocations in life that best suit their talents but also provide a level playing field that gives them the opportunity to do so. Those who have good ideas will be able to start businesses, workers will tend to go to activities where their productivity is greater, and less efficient firms can be replaced by more efficient ones. SO WHY DO INSTITUTIONS MATTER?

5 E XTRACTIVE I NSTITUTIONS D EFINED EXTRACTIVE INSTITUTIONS (p. 76): “We call such institutions, which have opposite properties to those we call inclusive, extractive economic institutions—extractive because such institutions are designed to extract incomes and wealth from one subset of society to benefit a different subset.”

6 T HE O UTPUT R ECIPE Think of national output like a cake recipe. What are the ingredients? Land Labor Capital (i.e. machinery, buildings, etc…)

7 L AND AND D IMINISHING R ETURNS Typically land cannot be increased (except for warfare, where you take land from your neighbors). So land is the limiting factor! This means that the “Law of Diminishing Returns” is important. Adding more workers – holding all else constant (all else includes land) – will eventually result in the productivity of each additional worker to decline.

8 C AN A NATION GROW BY JUST ADDING MORE LABOR AND CAPITAL ? Nations can grow temporarily by adding more labor and/or more capital. The Law of Diminishing Returns, though, tells us that changing the quantity of labor and capital can only work temporarily.

9 H OW CAN NATIONS GROW PERSISTENTLY ? If quantity changes are temporary, how can a nation’s economy grow persistently? The key is changing the QUALITY of a nation’s labor and capital. And that means the nation must create and adopt better technology.

10 C REATIVE D ESTRUCTION OR WHY IS NEW TECHNOLOGY RESISTED As noted in “Why Nations Fail”… New technology replaces past technology (i.e. creating new ideas destroys past ideas). Therefore, the process of “create destruction” tells us that people who benefit from existing technology will see new technology as a threat. If the people who benefit from existing technology are making decisions for society, that society will not tend to adopt new technology. And therefore, that society will not see economic growth.

11 T HE I MPORTANCE OF I NCLUSIVE I NSTITUTIONS Just to review… economies can only grow persistently if new technologies are adopted leaders in a society dominated by extractive institutions will see new technology as a potential threat Therefore… only societies that adopt inclusive institutions will see persistent economic growth.

12 W HY E XTRACTIVE I NSTITUTIONS D ON ’ T L EAD TO G ROWTH  Why Nations Fail (p.430)  What is crucial, however, is that growth under extractive institutions will not be sustained, for two key reasons.  First, sustained economic growth requires innovation, and innovation cannot be decoupled from creative destruction, which replaces the old with the new in the economic realm and also destabilizes established power relations in politics. Because elites dominating extractive institutions fear creative destruction, they will resist it, and any growth that germinates under extractive institutions will be ultimately short lived.  Second, the ability of those who dominate extractive institutions to benefit greatly at the expense of the rest of society implies that political power under extractive institutions is highly coveted, making many groups and individuals fight to obtain it. As a consequence, there will be powerful forces pushing societies under extractive institutions toward political instability.

13 P OLITICAL M ONOPOLY ? KEY IDEA: If one group has a political monopoly, then a society will not likely embrace technological change. In other words, there has to be a possibility that everyone in society can enjoy a leadership position.

14 Extractive Economic Systems  Feudalism - an economic system in which traditions rule.  Mercantilism - an economic system in which the government determines the allocation of resources by assigning the rights to certain economic activities.  Socialism (according to Marx) - an economic system where the incentive system of capitalism remains in place, but the workers own the means of production.  Socialism (as it is practiced) - an economic system where the four economic questions are primarily addressed by government actions, not unregulated market forces.

15 Inclusive Economic Systems  Capitalism -an economic system based upon private property and the market in which, in principle, individuals answer the basic questions of the economic system.  Mixed Capitalism - an economic system characterized by largely private ownership of the factors of production, market allocation of resources, and decentralized decision making. Most economic activities take place in the private sector in this system, but government plays a substantial economic and regulatory role.


17 McGraw-Hill/Irwin 17  The largest source of household income is wages and salaries  Households supply the labor with which businesses produce and government governs

18 McGraw-Hill/Irwin 18  Businesses produce what they believe will sell and make a profit  Businesses in the U.S. decide what to produce, how much to produce, and for whom to produce it  The desire to make a profit leads businesses to produce – in general – the goods that make society better off.  Although businesses decide what to produce, they are guided by consumer sovereignty  Businesses are private producing units in our society

19  Conventional wisdom (orthodox theory) focuses on scarcity and posits the idea of consumer sovereignty. These concepts lie at the heart of demand theory.  John Kenneth Galbraith argued that the issue of scarcity has been solved. He laments the obsession society places on growth and ever expanding output.  Business now busies itself convincing people to buy goods that are sold as necessities to this generation, yet were luxuries or non-existent to past generations.  “One cannot defend production as satisfying wants if that production creates wants”  Galbraith notes that because public goods – like national parks and roads -- are not advertised, these goods are under produced at the determinant of society.

20  Sole proprietorships – businesses that have only one owner  Partnerships – businesses with two or more owners  Corporations – businesses that are treated as a person, and are legally owned by their stockholders, who are not liable for the actions of the corporate “person” Flexible-purpose Corporations, Benefit Corporations (B-corporations), L3C McGraw-Hill/Irwin 20

21 AdvantagesDisadvantages Proprietorship Minimum bureaucratic hassle Direct control by owner Limited ability to get funds Unlimited personal liability Partnership Ability to share work and risks Relatively easy to form Limited ability to get funds Unlimited personal liability (even for partner's blunder) Corporation No personal liability Increasing ability to get funds Ability to avoid personal income taxes Legal hassle to organize Possible double taxation of income Monitoring problems McGraw-Hill/Irwin 21

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24 McGraw-Hill/Irwin 24  Together all levels of government consume about 20% of the country’s total output and employ about 22 million individuals  The United States has a federal government system, which means we have various levels of government (federal, state, and local) each with its own powers  The state and local levels of government employ over 19 million people and spend about $2.1 trillion a year



27 McGraw-Hill/Irwin 27 Intergovernmental 26%

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30  Progressive – as income rises, the percentage you pay increases. (i.e. an income tax)  Regressive – as income rises, the percentage you pay decreases (i.e. a sales tax)  Proportional – as income rises, the percentage you pay stays the same (i.e. a flat tax)

31  sheets/taxes/ustax.shtml sheets/taxes/ustax.shtml  The income tax was instituted in 1913  The social security tax was instituted in 1935

32  Effective tax rates from 1979 to 2007  ct.cfm?Docid=456 ct.cfm?Docid=456  Marginal tax rates from 1913 to 2011  51.html 51.html  In recent years taxes in the United States have declined.

33 We will discuss the National Debt later in the course

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38  Why can’t we rely on markets to provide retirement insurance and health insurance for the old?  For the former, individuals do not do well with the “retirement decision”, since it doesn’t have a good feedback mechanism.  For the latter, who would sell insurance to someone who is almost guaranteed to use it?  Prior to these programs being enacted (Social Security came into existence in the 1935 and Medicare in 1965) senior citizens were the poorest people in the nation. That is no longer true today.

39  from Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States (Michael Lind)  ”On November 8, 1954, in a letter to his brother Edgar, President Dwight Eisenhower reacted angrily to the criticism that his administration was continuing the policies of his immediate predecessors Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman: “Now it is true that I believe this country is following a dangerous trend when it permits too great a degree of centralization of governmental functions. I oppose this—in some instances the fight is a rather desperate one. But to attain any success it is quite clear that the Federal government cannot avoid or escape responsibilities which the mass of the people firmly believe should be undertaken by it.... Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

40  "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist."



43 Six Roles of a Government in a Market McGraw-Hill/Irwin 43 These roles include: 1.Providing a stable set of institutions and rules 2.Promoting effective and workable competition 3.Correcting for externalities 4.Ensuring economic stability and growth 5.Providing public goods 6.Adjusting for undesirable market results In its role as both an actor and a referee, government plays a variety of specific roles in the economy

44 Thomas Hobbes Leviathan (1651)  "Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall furnish them withall. In such condition, there is no place for Industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving, and removing such things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continuall feare, and danger of violent death; And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short."

45 Provide a Stable Set of Institutions and Rules  As Hobbes notes, without government establishing order very little good can happen  Government can create a stable environment and enforce contracts through its legal system.  Economic growth is difficult when government does not provide a stable environment.

46 Promote Effective and Workable Competition  Government promotes competition and protect against monopolies.  Monopoly power is the ability of individuals or firms currently in business to prevent other individuals or firms from entering the same kind of business  Monopoly power can also be defined in terms of price setting ability.  Adam Smith – in the Wealth of Nations – was very concerned about the problem of monopoly (which was quite prevalent in the 18 th century).

47 Correct for Externalities  An externality is the effect of a decision on a third party not taken into account by the decision maker.  Unless they are required to do so, parties to any exchange are unlikely to take into account any externality.  Pollution is a negative externality. Education is a positive externality.  Market produce too much of negative externalities and not enough of positive externalities.

48 Ensure Economic Stability and Growth  Most Americans look to the government to deal with macroeconomic externalities.  Macroeconomic externalities are externalities that affect the levels of unemployment, inflation, and growth in the economy as a whole.  Since 1945 the federal government has taken action to offset recessions (and these actions have generally been successful).

49 Provide for Public Goods  Government steps in to provide public goods and requires that everyone pays for them, thereby reducing the free rider problem.  The military is a good example of the free rider program. The military protects everyone in society. If we were not required to pay taxes for the military, a person would be tempted to not pay knowing the other members in society had paid. After all, the military will defend everyone, not just those who paid taxes.

50 Adjust for Undesired Market Results  A controversial role for government is to make markets fairer.  Determining what is fair is a difficult philosophical question.  Demerit goods or activities are things government believes are bad for you, although you may like them.  Merit goods and activities are things the government believes are good for you, although you may not like them.

51 Market Failures and Government Failures  Market failures are situations in which the market does not lead to a desired result.  Government failures are situations where the government intervenes and makes things worse.

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