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According to Keynesian theory, a change in one of the components of Total Expenditures will lead to a multiplied change in Real GDP. The multiplier effect occurs because the initial change in Total Expenditures triggers a chain reaction. In Example 8, investment spending increases by \$120 billion. This new production generates \$120 billion in new income for the resource owners who produced the new physical capital. What will the recipients of this income do with \$120 billion in new income? (For simplicity, we will ignore the effect of taxes.) With an MPC of .60, consumption will increase by \$72 billion (\$120 billion x .60). This new production generates \$72 billion in new income for the resource owners who produced the new consumption goods. This will lead to another \$43.2 billion (\$72 billion x .60) in new consumption. This new production generates \$43.2 billion in new income for the resource owners who produced the new consumption goods. This will lead to another \$25.92 billion (\$43.2 billion x .60) in new consumption. The chain reaction continues. We can compute the eventual change in Real GDP by using the following formula: Change in Real GDP = Initial change x Multiplier The Multiplier The size of the multiplier effect depends on a factor called the multiplier. The multiplier is computed using the following formula: Multiplier = 1 ÷ (1 – MPC) Example 9: In Example 8 above, the MPC was .60. Thus, the multiplier would be 2.5, as computed below: Multiplier = 1 ÷ (1 – MPC) = 1 ÷ (1 – .60) = 1 ÷ .40 = 2.5 With a multiplier of 2.5, the Change in Real GDP resulting from a \$120 billion increase in investment would be a \$300 billion increase, as computed below: Change in Real GDP = Initial change x Multiplier = \$120 billion x 2.5 = \$300 billion The size of the multiplier depends on the MPC. The greater the MPC, the larger the multiplier. The larger the multiplier, the larger the eventual change in Real GDP. Example 10: Assume the same facts as Example 8, except that the MPC is .75. When investment spending increases by \$120 billion, what is the change in Real GDP? Multiplier = 1 ÷ (1 – MPC) = 1 ÷ (1 – .75) = 1 ÷ .25 = 4 Change in Real GDP = Initial change x Multiplier = \$120 billion x 4 = \$480 billion In Examples 9 and 10, the initial change was an increase in Total Expenditures. What if the initial change is a decrease in Total Expenditures? According to Keynesian theory, the multiplier effect works the same for an initial decrease in Total Expenditures as for an initial increase. The initial decrease in Total Expenditures would lead to a multiplied decrease in Real GDP. Example 11: If investment spending decreases by \$100 billion when the MPC is .80, what is the change in Real GDP? Multiplier = 1 ÷ (1 – MPC) = 1 ÷ (1 – .80) = 1 ÷ .20 = 5 Change in Real GDP = Initial change x Multiplier = \$100 billion decrease x 5 = \$500 billion decrease FOR REVIEW ONLY - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION 8 - 9 Keynesian Economic Theory

Appendix: Book Review – “The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money” In January of 1935, Maynard Keynes wrote a letter to George Bernard Shaw in which he stated, “…I believe myself to be writing a book on economic theory which will largely revolutionize – not, I suppose, at once but in the course of the next ten years – the way the world thinks about economic problems”. That book, published in 1936, was “The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money”. Keynes’s book has had the kind of revolutionary impact that he anticipated. “The General Theory” was controversial when published, and remains so to this day. Keynes’s prescription for ending the Great Depression – government deficit spending – was not put into practice immediately. The consensus at the time was that deficit spending was dangerous and irresponsible behavior. The only legitimate excuse for deficit spending was to finance a military effort. In peacetime, budget surpluses were to be accomplished in order to pay down previous war debt. War debt needed to be paid down because, well, there would always be another war that would need to be financed. President Franklin Roosevelt signed a tax increase in 1936, hoping to balance the federal budget. When World War II began, the nations involved deficit spent as never before. The Great Depression, which had lingered for years, abruptly came to an end. The Keynesian prescription for ending the depression appeared to have been proven correct. After the war, the U.S. federal government enacted the Employment Act of 1946, which established the federal government’s responsibility to “promote maximum employment, production, and purchasing power”. Keynesian theory, as expressed in “The General Theory” and as developed in the writings of such economists as John Hicks, Alvin Hansen, and Paul Samuelson, dominated economic theory and practice through the 1960s. Even one of the harshest critics of “The General Theory”, Henry Hazlitt, wrote in 1959, “The most famous economist of the twentieth century is John Maynard Keynes; and the most influential economic book of the present era, both on theory and on economic policy, is his “General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money”.” The December 31, 1965 issue of “Time” magazine featured a cover story entitled, “We Are All Keynesians Now”. The article stated, “Today, some 20 years after his (Keynes) death, his theories are a prime influence on the world’s free economies, especially on America’s, the richest and most expansionist. In Washington the men who formulate the nation’s economic policies have used Keynesian principles not only to avoid the violent cycles of prewar days but to produce a phenomenal economic growth and to achieve remarkably stable prices.” In the 1970s, the U.S. economy suffered from a combination of high unemployment and high inflation, dubbed “stagflation”. According to Keynesian theory, high unemployment is caused by inadequate aggregate demand and high inflation is caused by excessive aggregate demand. Keynesian theory provides no explanation for stagflation. “The General Theory” is a tough read. Keynesian economist Paul Samuelson wrote, “It is a badly written book, poorly organized…It is not well suited for classroom use. It is arrogant, badtempered, polemical, and not overly generous in its acknowledgements. It abounds in mares’ nests and confusion…” The most influential assertions of “The General Theory” can be summarized as follows: 1. Say’s Law (supply creates its own demand) is incorrect. Equilibrium total output is determined by Total Expenditures, and will not necessarily correspond to full employment. 2. A decrease in investment caused by a decrease in expected rates of return is the most likely cause of a recession. 3. If investors are very pessimistic about future rates of return, they may not invest more in response to lower interest rates (thus monetary policy may fail to restore full employment). 4. Expansionary fiscal policy (deficit spending) is the best way to restore full employment. 5. Any change in government spending or taxation will have a multiplied effect on total output. FOR REVIEW ONLY - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION Keynesian Economic Theory 8 - 10

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