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By Roger LeRoy Miller, Daniel K. Benjamin

The Economics of Macro concerns is a suite of short, suitable readings that spark self sustaining considering. The textual content encourages readers to use theoretical discussions to today’s very important matters and to realize a deeper figuring out of present macroeconomic coverage issues.

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Even though used cars, old houses, and even antiques are a source of satisfaction for many people, GDP focuses on those goods and services that are currently produced. 3. Domestically produced—If you were to look carefully at the components of a new car, you would find that much of that car was actually made in other nations, even if it is an “American” car. Similarly, much of the typical “Japanese” car sold in America is actually made in America. The GDP of a nation includes only those parts of cars (and other goods and services) that are made in that nation.

S. accounting businesses for calculation of payrolls and for maintaining financial records. Many foreign hospitals pay our radiologists to read X-rays and MRI images. Foreign firms use American firms to provide a host of other services, many of which involve consulting. Also, when a foreign automobile manufacturer builds an assembly plant in the United States, it is in effect outsourcing automobile assembly to American workers. Thus, American workers in the South Carolina BMW plant, the Alabama Mercedes-Benz plant, or the Toyota or Honda plants in Tennessee and Ohio are all beneficiaries of the fact that those foreign companies have outsourced jobs to the United States.

How do you suppose this country ranks in terms of its degree of capitalism? org) and seeing where the Congo rates on the Institute’s Index of Economic Freedom. CHAPTER 5 The Threat to Growth Government spending has hit levels virtually unprecedented in American history. The federal government, for example, has been spending fully one-quarter of gross domestic product (GDP). But state and local governments have been spending nearly as much. 5 percent. At no time in American history have state and local governments spent as much as they have been recently.

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