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1 Macroeconomics & Finance Introduction & Chapter 3

2 Macro & Finance Thesis: Of all the business disciplines, macroeconomics is most closely connected with finance. Some business disciplines can be understood with minimal knowledge of business cycles not finance. Academia: Macroeconomic researchers publish in finance journals and finance researchers publish in macroeconomic journals. Private Sector: Macroeconomists most likely to be employed by commercial or investment banks.

3 Where’s the Connection? Intertemporal Decision making is central to both disciplines. Finance studies portfolio choices of savers (stocks, bonds, etc.) and their implications for asset prices. Corporate finance studies the determinants of the borrowing choices of firms. Savings decisions of households & investment decisions of firms central to business cycles. All decisions must be made now and have an impact on the future.

4 Other Connections Macroeconomists study government fiscal policy. Government major borrower (or saver) in financial markets. Macroeconomists study monetary policy. Monetary policy determines real value of financial pay-offs. Values of financial assets a major determinants of decisions of consumers. Financial theory emphasizes diversified portfolios whose performance depends on aggregate performance of the economy.

5 Language of Macroeconomics: Data and Definitions Chapter 3

6 Objectives Use measures of prices and quantities to calculate economic aggregates. Calculate the “real” aggregates. Use measures of prices and quantities to calculate aggregate prices. Adjust nominal quantities into real quantities using an arbitrary reference year.

7 Aggregation Problem Most individual economic goods have a natural measure in terms of quantities (countable objects, weight, volume, etc.) Use # of domestic currency units (i.e. dollars) that must be exchanged to purchase one unit of them as the price. In macroeconomics we are concerned with measuring quantities of groups of goods that have no natural, common unit of measure. We must combine (aggregate) these goods in some way.

8 Quantity Aggregates: Nominal To group a set of goods n = 1…N calculate a weighted sum of the quantities of each good (quantity of good n =q n ) w 1 q 1 +w 2 q 2 +……w N q N All market goods do share one unit of measure, the price at which they are sold (price of good n = p n ). To aggregate quantities, economists use prices as weights. p 1 q 1 +p 2 q 2 +……+p N q N

9 Commonly Used Aggregates Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the output of (new) goods and services produced within a country in a given period of time. – Most commonly used to measure productivity of a country. Gross National Product (GNP) is the output of (new) goods and services produced by the nationals of a country. – Most useful for measuring the income of a countries residents (since producers keep the income generated by the goods they produce). GDP is a measure of the production of economic goods within the country and is measured through three methods.

10 Expenditure Method The Expenditure Method Adds up the spending on new, final domestic goods. Does not include spending on used goods or intermediate goods, – Intermediate goods which are used in the same period to produce other goods (i.e.. Flour is an intermediate good of Bread). Expenditure Categories – GDP = C + I + G + EX – IM – GDP = Consumption + Investment (including inventory investment) + Government Consumption + Exports – Imports


12 Production Method Production Method – Add up all the value added of all domestic firms. A firm’s value added is the difference between sales and cost of materials GDP = T + NT – GDP = Traded Goods + Nontraded Goods – GDP = {Agriculture + Construction + Manufacturing} + {Utilities + Transport + Communication + FIRE + Trade (Retail & Wholesale) + Services}


14 Income Method Income Method – Adds up all the income paid out by producers located within domestic borders. Conceptually, income includes payments to labor and capital. GDP = Worker Compensation + Net Interest Payments + Proprietor’s Income + Corporate Profits

15 Equivalence The expenditure method, the production method, and the income method each measure the same thing. Expenditure on final goods equals the valued added by all the firms in the production chain. The value added by any firm is paid out as income either as wages or as interest or as profits.

16 Example Economy Agents ActivityValue Added Proprietor’s Income Expenditure Farmer Farmer sells $100 wheat to Miller $100. Miller Miller sells $200 flour to baker $200-$100 $100. Baker Baker sells $300 bread to storekeeper $300-$200 $100. Storekeep Storekeeper sells $400 bread to customers $400-$300 $100 $400

17 Time Series Economists and government statisticians periodically (monthly, quarterly, annually) measure a large number of quantity aggregates. Each series of aggregates is useful for comparing the state of the economy across time. If we look at some quantity aggregate over time, there are two approaches to aggregation 1. Nominal Aggregation 2. Real Aggregation

18 Nominal Aggregates Nominal Aggregate: Use the contemporary price of each quantity as the weight at each point in time. PQ t = p t,1 q t,1 +p t,2 q t,2 +……+p t,N q t,N Measures the dollars spent on goods at different points of time. Since number of dollars circulating in the economy frequently changes without underlying changes in production of goods, this can be a misleading measure.

19 Real Aggregates Real Aggregates: Use the price of each good from one fixed year (the base year) as the weight at each point in time. Q t = p B,1 q t,1 +p B,2 q t,2 +……+p B,N q t,N Since the weight on each type of good is constant across time, this measure captures changes in real production. May be misleading if there are changes in relative prices of goods over time/ changes in sectoral allocation over time. Choose base year close to period of interest so there are fewer sectoral shifts.

20 Nominal vs. Real GDP

21 Quarterly GDP

22 Business Cycles

23 Seasons

24 Main Sources of Hong Kong Statistics There are two main sources of macroeconomic statistics. 1. Census and Statistics Department: National Income Accounts, CPI, Interest Rates, Employment, etc. See Frequently Requested Statistics 2. Hong Kong Monetary Authority: Money and Banking Statistics See Monthly Statistical Bulletin

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