MACRO1 (ECON1010) Assignment 1
(Chapter 28, 26&28)
Submit online by: 4PM 11th Sep (Friday) (the ‘Assessment Task’ in Blackboard)
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This assignment covers the following topics:
• Unemployment (Chapter 28)
• Productivity and Growth (Chapter 26)
• Saving, Investment and Financial System (Chapter 27)
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1. This assignment contributes to 15% of the overall marks for the course.
2. Explain your answers, but be succinct.
3. You need to type your answers in MS Word (no hand-writing, please).
4. Label and explain any diagrams, if any, that you use carefully (labelling each axis).
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Short Answer Questions:
1) (4 marks in total) Compute various indicators of the state of the labour market using the following
information. Please show all of your working. If you do not, you will receive zero marks for the question(s).
Number of Residents
Unemployed and looking for work
Unemployed and not looking for work due to
discouragement over job prospects
Not working due to disability
Not working due to retirement
Under the age of 15
a) (1 mark) What is the size of the labour force in this economy?
b) (1 mark) Calculate the Labour Force Participation Rate for this economy. Report as a percentage to
two decimal places.
c) (1 mark) Calculate the Unemployment Rate for this economy. Report as a percentage to two decimal
d) (1 mark) Suppose that the natural rate of unemployment is considered to be 5%. What is the rate of
cyclical unemployment? Report as a percentage to two decimal places.
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2) (4 marks in total)
Below you can find the per capita real GDP of the 13 countries who have joined the European Union (EU) in
2004 (except for Turkey), and the EU average in 1999 (both in Column A). It also gives the GDP per capital
growth rates in 2000 (Column B). Let us assume that countries will keep growing at the given rates until these
countries reach the level of the EU average. Answer the following questions and explain your answers and
show all of your working (in order to obtain partial marks).
per capita in 1999
(before joining EU)
Hungary (joined 2004)
The Czech Rep. (joined 2004)
Poland (joined 2004)
Slovenia (joined 2004)
Estonia (joined 2004)
Cyprus (joined 2004)
Malta (joined 2004)
Romania (joined 2007)
Bulgaria (joined 2007)
Lithuania (joined 2004)
Latvia (joined 2004)
Slovakia (joined 2004)
of GDP per
capita in 2000
Ratio of per
capita GDP to
EU average in 1999
a) (1 mark) Just observing the above table (doing no calculations), are there any countries that will not be
able to catch up to the level of per capita income in the EU based upon the assumption we have made?
(2 marks) Fill in the information for Column C and D in the above table for Hungary (where it is marked
as Q2b). And then, using the Rule of 70 from the textbook, how many years will the ratio of Hungary’s
GDP to EU average GDP take to double (hint: the growth rate of a fraction is approximately equal to the
growth rate of the numerator minus the growth rate of the denominator)? How many years do you think it
will eventually take real GDP per capita of Hungary to reach that of EU average?
c) (1 mark) The above calculation in part b) is based on the assumption that a country’s real GDP grows at a
constant rate. But in reality it does not. Why is that?
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3) In this question you analyse the effects of the following economic policies in the loanable funds
market diagram where we have the real interest rate on the vertical axis and the quantity of loanable
funds on the horizontal axis.
a) (2 marks) Demonstrate and explain the effect of a government tax increases in the loanable fund
market. Which of the curves is effected by this—supply or demand—and what direction does it
move. Your explanation must also include what happens to the real interest rate, the level of
national savings, and the level of investment as well.
b) (2 marks) Now you realise that the tax increases that you analysed above also affect the (aftertax) profitability of new investment. How would this change your explanation in Part a)? Again,
use the loanable funds model to demonstrate this effect.
4) (3 marks) The level of government debt is a growing concern for the current Australian Treasurer
Joe Hockey who has the responsibility of managing the government budget. Summarise the key
arguments on the debate around Australian government debt and deficit for the Abbott government.
Your summary must address the following; what is the major concern of running government deficits,
what is the economic reasoning to have a balanced budget and when might a budget deficit/surplus
be ok? Conclude by briefly discussing what policies you would suggest Joe Hockey implement to
balance the budget and why. The summary should be at least half a page in length.
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