Micro And Macro Economics Discussions

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Microeconomics

1) Overview

In this discussiontopic, we will be discussing the financial environment and investing.

  • If you were going toinvest money, given the current financial market status, where would you investyour money today?

  • What are some possibleinvestment choices for you as an individual?

  • What factors influenceyour decision on what to invest in?

  • How does the economicclimate affect what you invest in?

    2) Overview

    There are many distinctcharacteristics that classify a market as Perfectly Competitiveincluding:

  • Very large number offirms

  • Homogenous products

  • Entry and exit intothe market free of barriers

  • Perfect Information

  • Individual firms areprice takers

  • Long run economicprofits will be zero

    Instructions

    Given thesecharacteristics of a perfectly competitive market, select one of thecharacteristics listed. In your post:

  • Fully explain whatthat characteristic means and what its importance is to classifying a market asperfectly competitive.

    • If you have noticedthis characteristic in a certain market, explain where you have seen it beforeor provide your own example.

  • Would you see thecharacteristic you are discussing in any of the other three market structures -monopolistic competition, oligopoly or monopoly?

    • Why or why not?

      3) Overview

      An Oligopolymarketplace consists of a very few number of sellers who hold the majority ofthe market share. For this discussion topic, you will be searching forinformation on oligopolies.

      Instructions

      Find an article thatdescribes a current oligopoly market.

  • In a short paragraph,summarize what the article says about the oligopoly industry you have found.

  • Be sure and cite yourreference so others can read the full article.

    • Do your very best notto duplicate an article someone else has already found.

    • If it has already beendiscussed, select another article.

  • Briefly discuss any ofthe following items that you find evident in this market:

    • high concentrationratios,

    • collusion,

    • price fixing,

    • price leadership,

    • heavy non-pricecompetition,

    • interdependence amongfirms,

    • barriers to entry,

    • anti-trust problems

      4) Overview

      In this modulediscussion topic, we will be discussing labor.

      Instructions

      In your post, addressthe following questions:

  • What factors influenceyour decisions to work?

  • Are there factorsbesides income that influence your decision to work?

  • If you were to win alottery prize of $200,000 per year, would you continue to work?

    Where appropriate,cite examples from your text or other readings.

    5) Overview

    In this discussiontopic, we will be discussing the US national health insurance program.

    Instructions

  • Select one of the keycomponents of the Federal Government’s National Health Care Program found inchapter 30 and summarize in your own words what that component includes.

  • Share what economiceffects you feel you have already seen or expect to see in the future with thenational health care program.

  • How do you feel thenational health care program has impacted you personally up until this point?

    Where appropriate,cite examples from your text or other readings.

    6) Overview

    In this modulediscussion topic, we will be discussing exports and imports.

    Instructions

    In your post, addressthe following questions:

  • What types of products does the US export and whattypes of products do we import?
  • Why do you think those are the products we export orimport?
  • How does the strength of the dollar impact imports andexports?

Where appropriate,cite examples from your text or other readings.

7) Overview

In this discussiontopic, we will be discussing exchange rates.

Instructions

In your post, addressthe following questions:

  • What is an exchange rate? What is the exchange ratecurrently for the US dollar and the euro? for the dollar and the yen? forany other currency of your choice?

Where appropriate,cite examples from your text or other readings.

Macroeconomics

  1. Overview

In this modulediscussion, we will be considering consumption and saving.

Instructions

In a response, addressthe following:

  • Discuss the relationship between saving andconsumption.
  • In your discussion, distinguish between savingand savings.
  • Consumer spending is directly affected by expectationof future income.
    • What events might change consumer confidence?
    • Discuss and provide examples of events that may changeconsumer confidence and therefore impact consumer spending.
      • Do your best to avoid posting duplicated informationif possible.

Where appropriate,cite examples from your text or other readings.

  1. Overview

The government canpursue fiscal policy actions by changing government expenditures or taxes.

Instructions

In your initial post,answer the two questions.

  • What are the possible effects from making these typesof changes to either government spending or taxes?
  • Give an example of a discretionary fiscal policy actionyou have seen taken in the past and why you felt that action was taken.

Where appropriate,cite examples from your text or other readings.

  1. Overview 

In this modulediscussion topic, we will be considering monetary policy actions.

Instructions

In a response, addressthe following:

  • What actions can the Fed take to conduct monetarypolicy? What are some of the effects we would expect to see fromcontractionary or expansionary monetary policy?
  • Now do some research and find any case of monetarypolicy action that the Fed utilized in the past 10 years and explain whatpurpose the Fed had in conducting that monetary policy action. Whateconomic effect do you feel we saw from that monetary policy action? Doyour best to avoid posting duplicated examples and information ifpossible.

Where appropriate,cite examples from your text or other readings.

  1. Overview

In this discussion, wewill examine policymaking.

Instructions

The Great Recessionwas the most serious economic downturn in U.S. history since the GreatDepression.  The recession began in December 2007.  Interest rates atthe time were very low, close to zero.  Despite the American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009, a nearly $800 billion fiscal stimulus and anexpansionary monetary policy, the economy is only now getting back to normal in2015.

In retrospect, whatset of macro policies, if anything, should we have conducted to achieve abetter recovery? Explain your reasoning.  Be sure to address thearguments favoring active versus passive policymaking as they relate to yourdiscussion.

Where appropriate,cite examples from your text or other readings.

  1. Overview

In this modulediscussion topic, we will be considering imported goods.

Instructions

In your initial post,address the following:

  • Is there an imported product you purchase on a regularbasis?
  • Do you purchase it because it is less expensive thansimilar US goods, or for some other reason?
  • Has what you have learned in this class changed yourthoughts about buying imported goods? Why or why not?
  • Do you differentiate between goods that are madeoverseas, but are made by a US company?

Where appropriate,cite examples from your text or other readings.

  1. Overview

For our lastdiscussion topic, consider the strength of the US Dollar.

Instructions

In your initial post,address the following questions.

  • What does it mean when the dollar appreciates comparedto when the dollar depreciates?
  • Has the US dollar been relatively strong or weak overthe past year?
  • How does the strength of the dollar affect exports andimports?

Where appropriate,cite examples from your text or other readings.

 

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