275 (Key Question) Complete the accompanying table.






Level of Output
and income






(GDP = DI)

Consumption

Saving

APC

APS

MPC

MPS



















$240
260
280
300
320
340
360
380
400


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$4
0
4
8
12
16
20
24
28


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Data for completing the table (top to bottom). Consumption: $244; $260; $276; $292; $308; $324; $340; $356; $372. APC: 1.02; 1.00; .99; .97; .96; .95; .94; .94; .93. APS: .02; .00; .01; .03; .04; .05; .06; .06; .07. MPC: .80 throughout. MPS: .20 throughout.
a. Show the consumption and saving schedules graphically.
b. Find the break even level of income. Explain how is it possible for households to dissave at very low income levels.
c. If the proportion of total income consumed (APC) decreases and the proportion saved (APS) increases as income rises, explain both verbally and graphically how the MPC and MPS can be constant at various levels of income.

See the graphs.
(b) Breakeven income = $260. Households dissave borrowing or using past savings.

Technically, the APC diminishes and the APS increases because the consumption and saving schedules have positive and negative vertical intercepts respectively. (Appendix to Chapter 1). MPC and MPS measure changes in consumption and saving as income changes; they are the slopes of the consumption and saving schedules. For straightline consumption and saving schedules, these slopes do not change as the level of income changes; the slopes and thus the MPC and MPS remain constant.
277 (Key Question) Suppose a handbill publisher can buy a new duplicating machine for $500 and the duplicator has a 1year life. The machine is expected to contribute $550 to the year’s net revenue. What is the expected rate of return? If the real interest rate at which funds can be borrowed to purchase the machine is 8 percent, will the publisher choose to invest in the machine? Explain.
The expected rate of return is 10% ($50 expected profit/$500 cost of machine). The $50 expected profit comes from the net revenue of $550 less the $500 cost of the machine.
If the real interest rate is 8%, the publisher will invest in the machine as the expected profit (marginal benefit) from the investment exceeds the cost of borrowing the funds (marginal cost).
278 (Key Question) Assume there are no investment projects in the economy which yield an expected rate of return of 25 percent or more. But suppose there are $10 billion of investment projects yielding expected rate of return of between 20 and 25 percent; another $10 billion yielding between 15 and 20 percent; another $10 billion between 10 and 15 percent; and so forth. Cumulate these data and present them graphically, putting the expected rate of net return on the vertical axis and the amount of investment on the horizontal axis. What will be the equilibrium level of aggregate investment if the real interest rate is (a) 15 percent, (b) 10 percent, and (c) 5 percent? Explain why this curve is the investment demand curve.
See the graph below. Aggregate investment: (a) $20 billion; (b) $30 billion; (c) $40 billion. This is the investmentdemand curve because we have applied the rule of undertaking all investment up to the point where the expected rate of return, r, equals the interest rate, i.
279 (Key Question) What is the multiplier effect? What relationship does the MPC bear to the size of the multiplier? The MPS? What will the multiplier be when the MPS is 0, .4, .6, and 1? What will it be when the MPC is 1, .9, .67, .5, and 0? How much of a change in GDP will result if firms increase their level of investment by $8 billion and the MPC is .80? If the MPC is .67?
The multiplier effect describes how an initial change in spending ripples through the economy to generate a larger change in real GDP. It occurs because of the interconnectedness of the economy, where a change in Lasslett’s spending will generate more income for Gavidia, who will in turn spend more, generating additional income for Grimes.
The MPC is directly (positively) related to the size of the multiplier. The MPS is inversely (negatively) related to the size of the multiplier.
The multiplier values for the MPS values: undefined, 2.5, 1.67, 1.
The multiplier values for the MPC values: undefined, 10, 3 (approx. actually 3.03), 2, 0.
If MPC is .80, change in GDP is $40 billion (5 x $8 = $40)
If MPC is .67, change in GDP is $24 billion (approximately) (3 x $8 = $24) 