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Problem Set 1

Complete all questions listed below. Clearly label your answers. 

 

1.      The receipts and year of release of the five movies with the largest nominal box office revenues, along with the CPI data of each year are presented below. Assuming that the receipts for each of the movies were derived during their year of release, convert the receipts for each to real dollars for the year 2010 (2010 CPI 218.1).Put the movies in order from largest to smallest real box office receipts.

Movies

Nominal

Box Office Receipts (millions)

Year Released

CPI in Year Released.

Avatar

$760.50

2009

214.5

Titanic

600.8

1997

160.5

Star Wars

461

1977

60.5

Shrek 2

437.2

2004

188.9

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

399.9

1982

96.5

 

 

 

3.   Use the following data to calculate (a) the labor force participation rate, (b) the unemployment rate, and (c) the employment/population ratio.

 

Population age 16 and over

15,000

Labor force

7,300

Not currently working

4,500

Employed Full-time

5,000

Employed Part-time

1,100

Unemployed.

1,200

  

 

4.   Consider an economy with the following aggregate demand (AD) and short-run aggregate supply (SRAS) schedules. Decision-makers have previously made decisions anticipating that the price level during the current period will be P105.

 

a.       Indicate the quantity of GDP that will be produced during the period.

b.      Is it a long-run equilibrium level of GDP? Why or why not?

c.       How will the unemployment rate during the current period compare with the natural rate of             unemployment?

d.      Will the current rate of GDP be sustainable into the future? Why or why not?

 

AD

105

Price Level

SRAS 105

6300

90

4500

6000

95

4800

5700

100

5100

5400

105

5400

5100

110

5700

4800

115

6000

 

 

 

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