Principles of Economics by Rice University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted. True T/F Unexpectedly high inflation reduces unemployment in the short run, but as inflation expectations adjust the unemployment rate returns to its natural rate. In the short-run, aggregate demand can decrease unexpectedly leading to an excess of goods and services. unemployment will decrease firms will find production more profitable than they had expected and will increase the quantity of output supplied In long-run equilibrium, A government passes a family-friendly law that no companies can have evening, nighttime, or weekend hours, so that everyone can be home with their families during these times. In certain markets, as economic conditions change, prices (including wages) may not adjust quickly enough to maintain equilibrium in these markets. A decrease in lump-sum personal income taxes will most likely result in an increase in real GDP because which of the following occurs? Technological change typically includes the introduction of labour-saving "mechanical-muscle" machines or more efficient "mechanical-mind" processes (), and humans' role in these processes are minimized.Just as horses were gradually made obsolete by the automobile, … Cyclical unemployment is the increase or decrease in unemployment due to the natural fluctuations of output as the economy moves through the business cycle. But these stories are notable because they are so uncommon. As a result, the price of goods and services will fall. Because wages are sticky downward, they do not adjust toward what would have been the new equilibrium wage (Q1), at least not in the short run. When wages are inflexible and unlikely to fall, then either short-run or long-run unemployment can result. At the equilibrium wage (We), the equilibrium quantity (Qe) of labor supplied by workers should be equal to the quantity of labor demanded by employers. These theories of why wages tend not to move downward differ in their logic and their implications, and figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of each theory is an ongoing subject of research and controversy among economists. The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank is the best resource for macroeconomic time series data, known as the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED). chartered banks calling in loans to build up their excess reserves a chartered bank purchasing government securities from the Bank of Canada as an investment the Bank of Canada increasing the bank rate the Bank of Canada buying government securities from investment dealers The Macroeconomic Perspective, Introduction to the Macroeconomic Perspective, 19.1 Measuring the Size of the Economy: Gross Domestic Product, 19.2 Adjusting Nominal Values to Real Values, 19.5 How Well GDP Measures the Well-Being of Society, 20.1 The Relatively Recent Arrival of Economic Growth, 20.2 Labor Productivity and Economic Growth, 21.1 How the Unemployment Rate is Defined and Computed, 21.3 What Causes Changes in Unemployment over the Short Run, 21.4 What Causes Changes in Unemployment over the Long Run, 22.2 How Changes in the Cost of Living are Measured, 22.3 How the U.S. and Other Countries Experience Inflation, Chapter 23. Question: Question 1 In The Short Run, A Decrease In Consumption Spending Causes Output To _____and The Unemployment Rate To _____. Using the diagram provided, illustrate the relationship between unemployment and inflation in the short run. Changes in aggregate demand may impact the unemployment level. Consumption spending increases because disposable personal income increases. Positive Externalities and Public Goods, Introduction to Positive Externalities and Public Goods, 13.1 Why the Private Sector Under Invests in Innovation, 13.2 How Governments Can Encourage Innovation, Chapter 14. It does not hurt employee morale at all for wages to rise. The gap represents the economic meaning of unemployment. However, cutting wages will alienate the insiders and damage the firm’s productivity and prospects. Exchange Rates and International Capital Flows, Introduction to Exchange Rates and International Capital Flows, 29.1 How the Foreign Exchange Market Works, 29.2 Demand and Supply Shifts in Foreign Exchange Markets, 29.3 Macroeconomic Effects of Exchange Rates, Chapter 30. Finally, the relative wage coordination argument points out that even if most workers were hypothetically willing to see a decline in their own wages in bad economic times as long as everyone else also experiences such a decline, there is no obvious way for a decentralized economy to implement such a plan. Let’s make the plausible assumption that in the short run, from a few months to a few years, the quantity of hours that the average person is willing to work for a given wage does not change much, so the labor supply curve does not shift much. As a result, they are motivated to work harder and to stay with the current employer. c. and unemployment rise. Similarly, only about 12% of American wage and salary workers are represented by a labor union. Cyclical unemployment rises and falls with the business cycle. Why is there unemployment in a labor market with flexible wages? "Download for free at. An increase in the money supply causes output to _____in the short run and _____in the long run, relative to its initial level. Instead, unemployed people often have friends or acquaintances of similar skill levels who are employed, and the unemployed would be willing to work at the jobs and wages similar to what is being received by those people. 1 its natural rate of unemployment as the short-run In the long run, the economy will return to its natural rate of unemployment as the short-run Philip curve shifts down as inflation expectations fall. False. In this case, the equilibrium wage rises from W0 to W1 and the equilibrium quantity of labor hired increases from Q0 to Q1. This wage-setting behavior acts like a form of insurance: the employee has some protection against wage declines in bad times, but pays for that protection with lower wages in good times. As a result, they are motivated to work harder and to stay with the current employer. Consequently, firms are more likely to choose which workers should depart, through layoffs and firings, rather than trimming wages across the board. After all, out of the 150 million or so workers in the U.S. economy, only about 1.4 million—less than 2% of the total—are paid the minimum wage. Since wages are sticky downward, the increased supply of labor causes an increase in people looking for jobs (Qs), but no change in the number of jobs available (Qe). Name and explain some of the reasons why wages are likely to be sticky, especially in downward adjustments. Over time, as labor demand grows, the unemployment will decline and eventually wages will begin to increase again. The short run in macroeconomic analysis is a period in which wages and some other prices do not respond to changes in economic conditions. 0.1 b. When wages are inflexible and unlikely to fall, then either short-run or long-run unemployment can result. One set of reasons why wages may be “sticky downward,” as economists put it, involves economic laws and institutions. In addition, make the standard ceteris paribus assumption that there is no substantial short-term change in the age structure of the labor force, institutions and laws affecting the labor market, or other possibly relevant factors. Panel (b) shows that the unemployment rate is UP, the natural rate of unemployment. Sometimes companies that are going through tough times can persuade workers to take a pay cut for the short term, and still retain most of the firm’s workers. This can be seen in Figure 2. D) All of the above 3) A once and for all increase in the nominal money growth rate is expected to A) increase the unemployment rate in the short run but not in the medium run. Unemployment in the short run after an increase in inflation (C) an increase in government spending. Globalization and Protectionism, Introduction to Globalization and Protectionism, 34.1 Protectionism: An Indirect Subsidy from Consumers to Producers, 34.2 International Trade and Its Effects on Jobs, Wages, and Working Conditions, 34.3 Arguments in Support of Restricting Imports, 34.4 How Trade Policy Is Enacted: Globally, Regionally, and Nationally, Appendix A: The Use of Mathematics in Principles of Economics. If the aggregate demand curve shifts to AD2, in the short run output will increase to Y1, and the price level will rise to P1. As a result, unemployment increases by the amount of the increase in the labor supply. If we assume that wages are sticky in a downward direction, but that around 1970 the demand for labor equaled the supply of labor at the current wage rate, what do you imagine happened to the wage rate, employment, and unemployment as a result of increased labor force participation? Conversely, if firms perceive that the economy is slowing down or entering a recession, then they will wish to hire a lower quantity of labor at any given wage, and the labor demand curve will shift to the left. At the equilibrium wage (We), the equilibrium quantity (Qe) of labor supplied by workers should be equal to the quantity of labor demanded by employers. If a labor market model with flexible wages does not describe unemployment very well—because it predicts that anyone willing to work at the going wage can always find a job—then it may prove useful to consider economic models in which wages are not flexible or adjust only very slowly. The relationship, however, is not linear. Issues in Labor Markets: Unions, Discrimination, Immigration, Introduction to Issues in Labor Markets: Unions, Discrimination, Immigration, Chapter 16. Government spending decreases to maintain a balanced budget. For low-skilled workers being paid the minimum wage, it is illegal to reduce their wages. There are different answers in the short run and in the long run. Poverty and Economic Inequality, Introduction to Poverty and Economic Inequality, 14.4 Income Inequality: Measurement and Causes, 14.5 Government Policies to Reduce Income Inequality, Chapter 15. This can be seen in the following figure. The monthly Current Population Survey would count these people as unemployed, because they say they are ready and looking for work (at $20 per hour). ANS: In the short run, unemployment will rise, because, in the short run, a decrease in the money supply moves the economy along the Phillips curve. But for the United States, these two factors combined affect only about one-fifth or less of the labor force. Expansionary monetary policy or fiscal policy is used to shift aggregate demand to the right. However, minimum wages and union contracts are not a sufficient reason why wages would be sticky downward for the U.S. economy as a whole. Answer: When unemployment increases, with fewer people earning the level of aggregate demand is likely to fall, or increase at a slower rate. (B) an increase in investment. [link] (b) shows the situation in which the demand for labor shifts to the left, from D0 to D1, as it would tend to do in a recession. the business cycle) is known as cyclical unemployment. prices of products sold to consumers) are more flexible than input prices (i.e. Assume that an economy is currently in long-run equilibrium and the short-run aggregate supply curve is upward sloping. As a result, workers fight hard against wage cuts. The gap represents the economic meaning of unemployment. If aggregate demand shifts right, then in the short run O firms will decrease production. 0.25 c. 0.5 d. 0.75 e. 1 ____ 5. Name and explain some of the reasons why wages are likely to be sticky, especially in downward adjustments. Which of the following would tend to decrease unemployment in the short run? b. fall and unemployment rises. If a labor market model with flexible wages does not describe unemployment very well—because it predicts that anyone willing to work at the going wage can always find a job—then it may prove useful to consider economic models in which wages are not flexible or adjust only very slowly. Do you think it is rational for workers to prefer sticky wages to wage cuts, when the consequence of sticky wages is unemployment for some workers? In 1958, a British economist named A.W. In particular, even though wage increases may occur with relative ease, wage decreases are few and far between. When wages are inflexible and unlikely to fall, then either short-run or long-run unemployment can result. shift substantially. One possibility for unemployment is that people who are unemployed are those who are not willing to work at the current equilibrium wage, say $10 an hour, but would be willing to work at a higher wage, like $20 per hour. Monetary Policy and Bank Regulation, Introduction to Monetary Policy and Bank Regulation, 28.1 The Federal Reserve Banking System and Central Banks, 28.3 How a Central Bank Executes Monetary Policy, 28.4 Monetary Policy and Economic Outcomes, Chapter 29. Increase; Decrease B. In the short run, an unexpected decrease in the money supply results in ____ in the inflation rate and ____ in the unemployment rate. Chapter 13 Questions 1. II. The least attractive workers, with fewer employment alternatives, are more likely to stay. Figure 3 (b) shows the situation in which the demand for labor shifts to the left, from D0 to D1, as it would tend to do in a recession. The monthly Current Population Survey would count these people as unemployed, because they say they are ready and looking for work (at $20 per hour). In macroeconomics, the short run is generally defined as the time horizon over which the wages and prices of other inputs to production are "sticky," or inflexible, and the long run is defined as the period of time over which these input prices have time to adjust. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing for three decades, women entered the U.S. labor force in a big way. EDIT: With regard to the idea that there would be no change in unemployment rate, this is because prices would adjust in the long run and hence real wages would remain unchanged. From the standpoint of the supply-and-demand model of competitive and flexible labor markets, unemployment represents something of a puzzle. Monopoly and Antitrust Policy, Introduction to Monopoly and Antitrust Policy, Chapter 12. False . A number of different theories have been proposed, but they share a common tone. Using what you know about the Phillips curve, determine whether the following quantities will increase, decrease, or remain the same. In the long run, policy that changes aggregate demand changes a. both unemployment and the price level. Analyze the effect of this law using a demand and supply diagram for the labor market: first assuming that wages are flexible, and then assuming that wages are sticky downward. Explain why when unemployment increases, inflation may decrease. The unemployment rate is greater than the natural rate of unemployment, and the rate of inflation is declining. For union workers operating under a multiyear contract with a company, wage cuts might violate the contract and create a labor dispute or a strike. Why or why not? Probably a few people are unemployed because of unrealistic expectations about wages, but they do not represent the majority of the unemployed. If firms believe that business is expanding, then at any given wage they will desire to hire a greater quantity of labor, and the labor demand curve shifts to the right. The interaction between shifts in labor demand and wages that are sticky downward are shown in [link]. You may conclude that her marginal propensity to consume is a. Let’s make the plausible assumption that in the short run, from a few months to a few years, the quantity of hours that the average person is willing to work for a given wage does not change much, so the labor supply curve does not shift much. The inverse correlation between inflation and unemployment depicted in the Phillips Curve works well in the short run, especially when inflation is fairly constant as it was in the 1960s. Cyclical unemployment rises and falls with the business cycle. In this case, the equilibrium wage rises from W0 to W1 and the equilibrium quantity of labor hired increases from Q0 to Q1. 1.1 What Is Economics, and Why Is It Important? When would you expect cyclical unemployment to be rising? The business pessimism will cause the unemployment rate to rise above the natural rate of unemployment in the short run. But the employers of their friends and acquaintances do not seem to be hiring. The adverse selection of wage cuts argument points out that if an employer reacts to poor business conditions by reducing wages for all workers, then the best workers, those with the best employment alternatives at other firms, are the most likely to leave. O B. C. D. Does Not Change, And Short-run Output Does Not Change. a. It is far more typical for companies to lay off some workers, rather than to cut wages for everyone. For union workers operating under a multiyear contract with a company, wage cuts might violate the contract and create a labor dispute or a strike. One reason is that employees who are paid better than others will be more productive because they recognize that if they were to lose their current jobs, they would suffer a decline in salary. OpenStax College, Economics. TYPE: M DIFFICULTY: 1 SECTION: 22.0 13. If firms believe that business is expanding, then at any given wage they will desire to hire a greater quantity of labor, and the labor demand curve shifts to the right. It is far more typical for companies to lay off some workers, rather than to cut wages for everyone. Starting from full employment (what economists call the natural rate of unemployment), an increase in aggregate demand causes a movement up the short run aggregate supply curve, raising the price level, while increasing real GDP and thus reducing unemployment. (D) a constant level of government spending. In the long run the Fed may decrease the unemployment rate only if it is willing to increase the rate of inflation. Increases, And Short-run Output Decreases. In addition, employers know that it is costly and time-consuming to hire and train new employees, so they would prefer to pay workers a little extra now rather than to lose them and have to hire and train new workers. After all, out of the 150 million or so workers in the U.S. economy, only about 1.4 million—less than 2% of the total—are paid the minimum wage. d. and unemployment fall. Because of the influx of women into the labor market, the supply of labor shifts to the right. However, minimum wages and union contracts are not a sufficient reason why wages would be sticky downward for the U.S. economy as a whole. This will subsequently shift the aggregate sup… If the government raises government expenditures, in the short run, prices a. rise and unemployment falls. 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