Trident eco220 full course (all case and SLP)

Module 1 – Case
Production, Unemployment, and Inflation
Case Assignment
Submit a 4- to 5-page
paper that addresses the following questions. Be sure to use references within
the paper to support your answers. Show work for all calculations
Suppose that in 2013, the
economy produced 10 shirts at $20 each and 5 hamburgers at $5 each. In
2014, the economy produced 15 shirts at $21 each and 10 hamburgers at $6
each. What is the value of real GDP produced in 2014 using 2013 as the
base year? What would be the growth in real GDP?Why is there unemployment even
when the economy is at “full employment”? What are some “costs
of unemployment”?Use the table below:

Year

CPI

2008

100.0

2009

102.5

2010

106.0

2011

111.0

What is the inflation rate
from 2010 to 2011?Suppose that you have an
income of $30,000 in 2008. How much would you need to be able to have the
same standard of living in 2009?What are some of the problems
with using the CPI as a measure of standard of living?Explain some limitations of
using GDP as an indicator of standard of living (be sure to do some
research on your own).
Assignment Expectations
Use information from the
modular background readings as well as any good-quality resource you can find.
Make sure you cite all resources you use and provide a reference list at the
end of your paper.
Length: 4–5 typed and
double-spaced pages.
In addition to the
overall quality, depth, grammar, and organization of the paper, the following
will, in particular, be assessed:
1. The level of your
understanding of the key concepts of the major macroeconomic indicators.
2. Some in-text
references to modular background readings (APA formatting encouraged).
Upload your assignment
to the Case 1 dropbox when completed.Module 1 – SLP
Production, Unemployment, and Inflation
Choosing a Reference
Organization
For the Session Long
Project, you will be asked to select an organization
to use as a focus for your application of economic ideas. You
must use the same organization for all 5 SLPs.
Just below is a link to
a listing of 27 companies, all have common stock that has been issued to the
public (called a public corporation), and all are on the most widely used index
of how well or poorly the general stock market is doing, the S&P 500 Index.
In the left column is
the trading symbol of the company, if you have seen a stock ticker these are
the symbols that crawl by. The next column is the company name, and the third
is a brief identification of the industry the company is a part of. I have
provided companies from several different industries so that you have a good
variety from which to choose.
See .trident.edu/content/enforced/63969-ECO202-FAL2015-1/Modules/Module1/137551SLP1%20Choices%20PDF.pdf?_&d2lSessionVal=dR51qBJZtX3P0yMKFMlyYpPv6&ou=63969″>company
choices.
Using Google will be an
excellent way of finding out more details of what the main business is of the
chosen company, and other general information that will be useful for the
assignment. If you know how to use a financial data base you can use the trading
symbol to access information, but this will not be necessary so do not worry if
you do not know how to do this, the use of Google should be more than
sufficient.
For the Module 1
component of the Project, please address the following questions in a 2 to 3-page
MS Word document:
Identify and briefly describe
the organization you are going to use. Why do you think it will be an
interesting focus for your application of macroeconomic ideas?Select three macroeconomic
indicators from the link below that you feel have the greatest impact on
the operations and/or planning for your SLP organization. Remember that an
economic indicator measures a change in the general or in a specific
aspect of the economy and you should be assessing how each macro-economic
change you have chosen affects your company.
.investopedia.com/university/releases/”>http://www.investopedia.com/university/releases/
Explain why they are important
to the current or future condition of your organization.
Assignment Tips
For this Module, think
about macroeconomic indicators of
performance, and how recent changes in these indicators have affected the
performance of your organization. For example, how does the change in GDP
affect the sales, profitability, expansion plans or competitiveness of your
organization. Or, as another example, has the rise in the national rate of
unemployment had any affect on your organizations’ operational performance or
management decisions?
Below are three examples
of what is required for this assignment. The first two are examples of correct
approaches and the third is an example of an incorrect approach.
Sample Mini-Analysis
(1):
My organization is a
beauty shop/spa that caters to middle class women. With the recession and rise
of unemployment the shop has had decreased revenue and profit. This has been
particularly true of the spa part of the business because that is more of a
luxury service than the simple haircut and coloring end of the business.
Notice that the primary
focus was on how this macroeconomic indicator has affected the business. This
is a good example of the approach to take.
Sample Mini-Analysis
(2):
I will begin with the
Employment Cost Index (ECI) and why it is important to the well-being of TLMP.
Companies such as TLMP must be able to anticipate inflation and the impact it
will have on currency exchanges and how that would impact their international
production and trade. The reason ECI is of less importance to TLMP then some of
the other indicators, is because it is a lagging indicator. Albeit important,
it is not an indicator that will provide advance data that would allow TLMP to
make a change in plans to account for an anticipated change in economic policy.
Notice that the above
emphasizes the effect the ECI will have on the costs to TMLP and management has
to engage in planning if these costs are expected to increase. It also
demonstrates that even though ECI is an important index it is limited in its
ability for TMLP management to use it because it does not provide the data in
time for the company to use it for its planning. This is a good example of the
approach to take.
Sample Mini-Analysis
(3):
The management of Pleble
Corporation uses the Retail Sales report for its planning. They compare the
sales of Pleble on a month to month basis, and break it down by its various
product lines to spot where sales are falling or increasing.
Notice that this is NOT a correct focus. There is an
important macro-economic indicator called the Retail Sales Report but the above
analysis, after mentioning it, goes into a discussion of Pleble’s sales report,
and that is not a macro indicator because it is only about one company, not the
entire economy. The proper focus would have been to utilize the national sales
report in a way that would have helped Pleble management to forecast where
their sales may be going in the near term future. For example, the downward
trend of retail sales over the past 5 months indicates that Pleble should
reduce their inventory.
There are literally
thousands of macro-economic indicators that are reported. Keep in mind that a
given organization, such as a home builder, may be affected by housing starts,
even though that indicator may have no effect on a defense contractor. The link
to Investopedia lists 25 of the most commonly used macroeconomic indicators.
SLP Assignment Expectations
Length: 2–3 typed and
double-spaced pages.
In addition to the
overall quality, depth, grammar, and organization of the paper, the following
will, in particular, be assessed:
Your ability to apply economic
concepts to a given single organization.Use of appropriate citations.
Module 2 – Case
Fiscal Policy
Case Assignment
Submit a 4- to 5-page
paper that addresses the following questions. Be sure to use references within
the paper to support your answers. Show work for all calculations.
According to Okun’s Law, if the
normal rate of growth of GDP is 3% and the current unemployment rate is
6%, an increase in GDP growth to 4% would cause unemployment to change by
what percentage?When total output, income,
employment, and trade decline for 6 to 12 months, the economy is in what part
of the business cycle?Which has a larger effect on
aggregate demand: an increase in government expenditure or an equal sized
decrease in taxes? Explain your answer.To eliminate a recessionary
gap, what fiscal policy should the government pursue? Be specific.Indicate which of the following
is expansionary OR contractionary fiscal policy:
Increasing income taxBailing out the auto industryThe purchase of military
helicopters
Assignment Expectations
Use concepts from the
modular background readings as well as any good-quality resources you can find.
Be sure to cite all sources within the text and provide a reference list at the
end of the paper.
Length: 4–5 pages
double-spaced and typed.
The following items will
be assessed in particular:
Your ability to understand an
application of fiscal policy.Some in-text references to the
modular background material (APA formatting recommended).The essay should address each
element of the assignment. Remember to support your answers with solid
references including the case readings.
Upload your paper to the
Case 2 dropbox when it is completed.

SLP
Module 2 – SLP
Fiscal Policy
Fiscal policies can have
both subtle and major effects on almost all organizations. The purpose of this
SLP assignment is to have you examine your organization regarding how it is
affected by these economic variables and policies.
You are to place
yourself in the position of being a paid lobbyist for your organization. Pick
two or three major fiscal policy initiatives you would lobby Congress about.
However, this is not in general, this is for your organization, not for the
economy as a whole, so make sure to take that specific focus. Again, if you’re
using an unconventional organization, you may have to get a little creative
here.
As your organization’s
lobbyist, what would you like to see done by the federal government that
would be of help to your organization? As a lobbyist it is not your job to
be concerned with the deficit, or the environment, or the general health
of the financial system (unless, of course, you are lobbying for an
environmental, financial, or deficit reduction group). Your answer to this
question can give an interesting perspective as to how lobbying can
distort economic policy and decisions. CAUTION: I am not looking for
general comments that could apply to the country as a whole or any given
organization, what I want is comments that are relevant specifically to
your organization.

There are three articles below on the pros and cons of lobbying, feel free
to google the subject to find more:

.idebate.org/en/index.php/Debate:_Lobbying”>http://dbp.idebate.org/en/index.php/Debate:_Lobbying

.chiff.com/society/lobby.htm”>http://www.chiff.com/society/lobby.htm

.reuters.com/article/2009/09/13/obama-lobbying-idUSN1348032520090913″>http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/09/13/obama-lobbying-idUSN1348032520090913The majority of lobbying
efforts center around fiscal policy. Please discuss your opinions on
lobbying regarding if it is useful and should continue as is, if it should
continue but with constraints to limit how much is done, or if it should
be eliminated.
SLP Assignment Expectations
Use information from the
modular background readings as well as any good quality resource you can find.
Make sure you cite all resources you use and provide a reference list at the
end of your paper.
Length: 2-3 typed and
double-spaced pages.
In addition to the
overall quality, depth, grammar, and organization of the paper, the following
will, in particular, be assessed:
1. Analytical ability in
relating federal policies to the specifics of your organization.
2. Your ability to
relate federal government activity to your specific organization
Upload the completed
assignment to the SLP dropbox for this module.
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Module 3 – Case
The Money Market
Case Assignment
Submit a 4- to 5-page
paper that addresses the following questions. Be sure to use references within
the paper to support your answers. Show work for all calculations.
Are credit cards or debit cards
money? Explain your answer.Assume that the bank holds no
excess reserves and that the required reserve ratio equals 10% of
deposits. If a customer deposits $5,000, what would be the total increase
in checking account balances throughout all banks? Explain the process by
which the banking system creates money.In your own words, list the
Fed’s main policy tools and briefly explain each one.TRUE or FALSE. “When the
Fed makes an open market purchase of government securities, the quantity
of money will eventually decrease by a fraction of the initial change in
the monetary base.” Is the previous statement correct or incorrect?
Explain your answer.
Assignment
Expectations
Use concepts from the
modular background readings as well as any good-quality resources you can find.
Be sure to cite all sources within the text and provide a reference list at the
end of the paper.
Length: 4–5 pages
double-spaced and typed.
The following items will
be assessed in particular:
Your ability to understand an
application of monetary policy.Some in-text references to the
modular background material (APA formatting recommended).The essay should address each
element of the assignment. Remember to support your answers with solid
references including the case readings.
Upload your paper to the
Case 3 dropbox when it is completed.

SLP
Module 3 – SLP
The Money Market
For the Module 3 SLP
assignment, please address the following questions in a 2- to 3-page paper. You
will need to review some concepts from Module 2.
Assess the overall financial
health of your organization. What are good and bad signs, if any, in your
assessment? Measures of financial health may include sales and/or profit
increases or decreases, if employees are being hired or laid off, major
new orders being placed or orders being cancelled. These are some but not
all measures that could be looked at, but if you are using an
unconventional organization, you may have to get a little creative here.To what extent is your
organization’s financial health affected by fiscal and monetary policy?
Please give at least one specific example.
SLP Assignment Expectations
Use information from the
modular background readings as well as any good quality resource you can find.
Make sure you cite all resources you use and provide a reference list at the
end of your paper.
Length: 2–3 typed and
double-spaced pages.
In addition to the
overall quality, depth, grammar, and organization of the paper, the following
will, in particular, be assessed:
Analytical ability in relating
monetary policies to the specifics of your organization.Your ability to relate Federal
Reserve activity to your specific organization.
Upload the completed
assignment to the SLP dropbox for this module.
Module 4 – Case
International Trade and Finance
Case Assignment
Submit a 4- to 5-page
paper that addresses the following questions. Be sure to use references within
the paper to support your answers. Show work for all calculations.
Explain how governments
restrict international trade and who benefits as well as who loses from
the restrictions.Because wage rates are so low
in Africa, why don’t Microsoft, Cisco and other major corporations close
down their American operations and move to Africa?Consider the foreign exchange
market for Japanese Yen and Dollars. Assume a market where the U.S.
dollars are on the x axis as shown in the background material. Indicate
whether the dollar would APPRECIATE or DEPRECIATE if the following events
occur (be sure to explain your answer such as including reference to the
demand or supply curve):The interest rate in Japan is
lowered.Prices are lower in U.S.Higher US interest rates.What is the effect of a higher
exchange rate on exports and imports?
Assignment Expectations
Use concepts from the
modular background readings as well as any good-quality resources you can find.
Be sure to cite all sources within the text and provide a reference list at the
end of the paper.
Length: 4–5 pages
double-spaced and typed.
The following items will
be assessed in particular:
Your ability to understand
international trade policy.Some in-text references to the
modular background material (APA recommended).The essay should address each
element of the assignment. Remember to support your answers with solid
references including the case readings.

SLP

Module 4 – SLP
International Trade and Finance
Trade Policies
As we have learned,
foreign trade policy can have a significant impact on domestic firms. Consider
the firm you have chosen and address the questions below in a 2- to 3-page
paper:
Suppose the U.S. government
removed tariffs in your industry. What impact would that have on your
firm?What are some obstacles your
firm might face with production in another country?Using at least TWO resources
that you find on your own, make an argument FOR or AGAINST free trade. Be
sure to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of which policy you
support. (Wikipedia is not an acceptable academic resource for this
course).
SLP Assignment Expectations
Use concepts from the
modular background readings as well as any good-quality resources you can find.
Please be sure to cite all sources within the text and a reference list at the
end of the paper.
Length: 2–3 pages
double-spaced and typed.
The following items will
be assessed in particular:
Your ability to examine the
international market in a particular firm.Some in-text references to the
modular background readings (APA recommended)The essay should address each
element of the assignment. Remember to support your answers with solid
references.
Upload your paper to the
SLP 4 dropbox when it is completed.

 

 

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