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1 7 CHAPTER D YNAMIC P OWER P OINT ™ S LIDES BY S OLINA L INDAHL The Wealth of Nations and Economic Growth

2 CHAPTER OUTLINE Key Facts about the Wealth of Nations and Economic Growth Understanding the Wealth of Nations Incentives and Institutions For applications, click herehere To Video To Video

3 Some good blogs and other sites to get the juices flowing: Food for Thought….

4 SEE THE INVISIBLE HAND Economic growth is a matter of life and death to the 1.8 million children who die of diarrhea each year globally.

5 B ACK TO Key Facts about the Wealth of Nations and Economic Growth Fact One: GDP per Capita Today Varies Enormously among Nations

6 B ACK TO Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world” with humor, data and visual flair. (19:53 minutes) or shorter talk here (4:48 minutes)here B ACK TO

7 Key Facts about the Wealth of Nations and Economic Growth Wealth and Health go Together. Source: Penn World Tables and World Bank Group, World Development Indicators, 2005

8 B ACK TO Key Facts about the Wealth of Nations and Economic Growth Fact Two: Everyone Used to be Poor

9 B ACK TO Key Facts about the Wealth of Nations and Economic Growth A Primer on Growth Rates How is economic growth measured? Where y t is per capita real GDP in year t Example: Year real GDP per capita 2008$15, $15,500

10 B ACK TO The Rule of 70 (The Magic of Compounding) The rule of 70: Example: If real GDP per capita is growing at an annual growth rate of 3.5%, it will double in: The moral? Small improvements in growth add up fast (the power of compounding).

11 Let's figure out how long it will take for the average Indian to be as wealthy as the average Western European is today. Note that all numbers are adjusting for inflation. India's GDP per capita is $3,000, and let's say that real output per person there grows at 5 percent per year. Using the rule of 70, how many years will it take for India to reach Italy's current level of GDP per capita, about $24,000 per year? a)42 years b)14 years c)28 years. d)12 years

12 B ACK TO A Little Growth Goes a Long Way

13 B ACK TO Key Facts about the Wealth of Nations and Economic Growth Fact Three: There are Growth Miracles and Growth Disasters

14 Would you rather live in a country that has high taxes and a generous social safety net or a country with low taxes and little social safety? a)High tax, generous social safety b)Low tax, low level of social safety

15 B ACK TO Understanding the Wealth of Nations The Factors of Production are important Physical capital: Physical capital: the stock of tools including machines, structures, and equipment. Human capital: Human capital: is the productive knowledge and skills that workers acquire through education, training and experience. Technological knowledge: Technological knowledge: knowledge about how the world works that is used to produce goods and services.

16 B ACK TO What Causes Economic Growth?

17 B ACK TO Understanding the Wealth of Nations Why do some nations have faster growth than others? Besides factors of production, incentives and institutions matter. Institutions Institutions = “rules of the game” that structure economic incentives. Institutions of Economic Growth 1.Property rights 2.Honest government 3.Political stability 4.A dependable legal system 5.Competitive and open markets

18 B ACK TO Korea’s Experiment Before division after WWII: similar Culture, physical capital, technology. North Korea became a communist state with a centrally planned economy. South Korea adopted the capitalist free market model.

19 SEE THE INVISIBLE HAND North and South Korea at night

20 B ACK TO Institutions 1. Property rights: Provide incentives to work hard. Encourage investment and innovation. Without property rights: Effort is divorced from payment, reducing incentives. Free riders become a problem.

21 B ACK TO Institutions Free Rider Free Rider = someone who consumes a resources without working or contributing to the resource’s upkeep. China’s “Great Leap Forward”- which introduced farming collectives- reduced incentives million starved. 1978, farmers in Xiaogang met in secret to devise a plan to keep some of their produce. (background photo) Productivity improved so quickly the government allowed the experiment to proceed. Food production increased 50% in 5 years

22 B ACK TO Institutions No one must “own” you for economic freedom to exist. Ownership is right to shape, use, and dispose. You wouldn’t think you really owned it if the government The government would be the de facto owner. Ownership is control, without it you don’t “own” it. Mongolian Yaks – were owned by the government for decades (the People’s Yaks) Total Yak population did not change from 1920s to 1990s

23 B ACK TO Institutions – Property Rights After the collapse of central planning, property rights were assigned. The Yak population soared from 25 to 32 million in a few short years When it’s your yak, not “ everybody’s ” yak, you take care of the yak and make more yaks You “share” your Yaks with other people with mutually beneficial trades involving yak products. “Sharing” when done at gun point (i.e. government confiscation of property) is not the proper term to use.

24 B ACK TO Institutions 2. Honest Government Property rights are meaningless unless government guarantees property rights. Corruption bleeds resources away from productive entrepreneurs. Corruption takes resources away from more productive government activity.

25 B ACK TO Corruption and Growth Don’t go Together Source: Penn World Tables and World Bank Group, World Development Indicators, 2005

26 B ACK TO Corruption Who’s Who List

27 B ACK TO Institutions 3.Political Stability Changing governments without the rule of law creates uncertainty which leads to less investment in physical and human capital. In many nations civil war, military dictatorship, and anarchy have destroyed the institutions necessary for economic growth. Bullet casings from Liberia’s Civil War: Bad soil for anything to grow.

28 B ACK TO Institutions 4.Dependable Legal System A good legal system facilitates contracts and protects property from others (including government). Poorly protected property rights can result from too much government or too little government. In India, residents who purchase land have to do so more than once because of lack of proper record keeping.

29 B ACK TO Institutions 4.Dependable Legal System “Rule of Law” – crucial to economic growth The rule of law is the general concept that government as well as the governed are subject to the law and that all are to be equally protected by the law. Otherwise…..worst kinds of corruption Power does not equal wisdom or good judgment

30 B ACK TO Institutions 4.Dependable Legal System Most of human history the rules by which life was governed were usually determined by force and fraud He who had the power made the rules. Absolute monarch or tyrannical despots “Divine right of Kings” subjects accepted their rule without question

31 B ACK TO Institutions 5.Competitive and Open Markets Encourage the efficient organization of resources. One study found: if India used its physical and human capital as efficiently as the U.S., India would be 4x richer than it is today.

32 India and China come up a lot in this chapter. What fraction of humans live in India and China together? a)Roughly 1/2 of all humans. b)Roughly 1/4 of all humans. c)Roughly 1/3 of all humans. d)Roughly 1/5 of all humans.

33 B ACK TO Institutions Why do poor countries use their capital inefficiently? Whether inadvertently or not, inefficient and unnecessary regulations: Create monopolies and impede markets Example: until recently in India, it was illegal to produce shirts using large-scale production Economies of scale Economies of scale = the advantages of large-scale production that reduce average cost as quantity increases

34 Think-pair-share: Why do you think expensive red tape is hard to get rid of in many poor countries?

35 B ACK TO Institutions and Growth Miracles Revisited Why did England’s Industrial Revolution bring us:  large scale factories  mass production  the steam engine  the railroad  the beginnings of a consumer society  the first sustained rise in human living standards above subsistence?

36 B ACK TO Institutions and Growth Miracles Revisited Property rights? England’s geography and Navy helped protect property rights Honest government Growth of Parliament (and religious changes) reduced royal tyranny Political stability Middle class developed from growth A dependable legal system Less corruption as royal and Catholic power is reduced Competitive and open markets England opened itself more to trade

37 What is the difference in GDP per person between Nigeria and Argentina? a)The GDP per person in both countries is roughly the same. b)Argentina's GDP per person is about $9,000 > Nigeria's c)Nigeria's GDP per person is about $9,000 > Argentina's d)None of the above B ACK TO


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