Equity versus Growth. For a developing country to grow, it needs capital. The major source of capital in most countries is domestic saving, but the goal of stimulating domestic saving usually is in conflict with government policies aimed at reducing inequality in the distribution of income. Comment on this trade-off between equity and growth. How would you go about resolving the issue if you were the president of a small, poor country? Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings.
Manufacturing Industry Evaluation. Economists sometimes use concentration ratios to evaluate whether industries are oligopolies. In this assignment, you will make your own determination using the most recent data available. You will also discuss the merits and disadvantages of oligopolies in light of your research. Go to the Concentration Ratios in Manufacturing page at the website of the U.S. Census Bureau, click on the PDF of the most recent Economic Census for Manufacturing (NAICS 31-33), and answer the following questions in a two to three page paper formatted according to APA style.
Elasticity of Demand. Taxicab fares in most cities are regulated. Several years ago taxicab drivers in Boston obtained permission to raise their fares 10 percent, and they anticipated that revenues would increase by about 10 percent as a result. However, when the commissioner granted the 10 percent increase, revenues increased by only about 5 percent. What can you infer about the elasticity of demand for taxicab rides? What were taxicab drivers assuming about the elasticity of demand? Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings.
Externalities. It has been proposed that toll collection on the Massachusetts Turnpike, a key commuter route into Boston from the west, be discontinued. Proponents argue that tolls have long ago paid for the cost of building the road; now they just provide cash for tax bureaucracy. A number of economists are opposing the repeal of tolls on the grounds that they serve to internalize externalities. Explain this argument and discuss why the government often gets involved when finding solutions for externalities. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings.
Tax Credits and the Labor Market. Many states provide firms with an “investment tax credit” that effectively reduces the price of capital. In theory, these credits are designed to stimulate new investment and thus create jobs. Critics have argued that if there are strong factor substitution effects, these subsidies could reduce employment in the state. Explain their argument. How does this affect the labor market? Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings
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