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# Chapter 26 ECON

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Okun's law
shows the realtionship between the unemployment rate and the size of the negative GDP gap
For every 1 % point that actual unemployment rate exceeds the natural rate, a 2% point negative GDP gap occurs
Okun's law
Inflation
prices on average are rising, although some particular prices may be falling
If the consumer price index falls from 120 to 116 in a particular year, the economy has experienced:
deflation of 3.33 percent
The consumer price index was 177.1 in 2001 and 179.9 in 2002. Therefore, the rate of inflation in 2002 was about:
1.6%
The annumal rate of inflation can be found by subtracting:
last year's price index from this year's price index and dividing the difference by last year's price index
If the Consumer Price Index rises from 300 to 333 in a particular year, the rate of inflation in that year is:
11 percent
As applied to the price level, the "rule of 70" indicated that the number of years required for the price level to double can be found by:
dividing the annual rate of inflation into "70"
Between 1980 and 2000 the price level approximately doubled. The average annual rate of inflation over this 20 year period was about:
3.5 percent
Given the annual rate of inflation the "rule of 70" allows for one to:
Calculate the number of years required for the price level to double
If Fred's annunal income rises by 8 percent each year, his annual real income will double in about:
8-9 years
If the rate of inflation is 12 percent per year, the price level will double in about:
6 years
Compared to other industrial nations, inflation rates in the United States are:
neither significantly higher nor significantly lower
Demand pull inflation:
occurs when total spending exceeds the economy's ability to provide output at the existing price level
Demand pull inflation:
occurs when total spending in the economy is excessive
The phrase " too much money chasing too few goods" best describes:
demand pull inflation
Unlike demand pull inflation, cost push inflation:
is self limiting
Inflation initiated by increases in wages or other resources prices is labeled:
Cost pull inflation
Cost push inflation
moves the economy inward from its production possibilities curve
Cost push inflation
a negative supply shock
Rising per unit production costs are most directly associated with:
Cost push inflation
Which of the following would most likely occur during the expansionary phase of the buisness cycle?
demand pull inflation
Real income is found by:
dividing nominal income by the price index(in hundreths)
Which of the following formulas is correct? Percentage change in:
real income approximates percentage change in nominal income minus percentage change in price level
Real income can be determined by:
Deflating nominal income for inflation
Recently a labor union argued that the standard of living of its members was falling. A critic of the union argued that this could not possibly be true because the union had been acquiring increases in the nominal incomes of its members through collective bargaining. Is this critic correct?
No, becuase real income may fall if prices increase less proportionately than the increase in nominal income
Suppose that a person's nominal income rises by 5 percent and the price level rises from 125 to 130. The person's income will:
remain constant
Cost push inflation
reduced real output
Cost of living adjustment clauses (COLAs)
tie wage increases to changes in the price level
During a peroid of hyperinflation
people tend to hold goods rather than money
Infaltion is undesirable becuse it:
arbitrarily redistributes real income and wealth
Who is least likely to be hurt by unanticipated inflation?
An owner of a small buisness
A lender need not be penalized by inflation if the:
lender correctly anticipates inflation and increases the nominal interest rate accordingly
Unanticipated inflation:
Reduces the real burden of the public debt to the Federal Government
Inflation affects:
both the level and the distribution of income
If both the real interest rate and the nominal interest rate are 3 percent, then the: