In growth theory, changes in output (GDP) are explained through changes of production factors, i.e. changes in labour or capital. Economists consider the residual, i.e. the part of changes in output that one cannot explain with changes of production factors, as total factor productivity (TFP) or technological change. In contrast to labour productivity, that relates output only to labour, total factor productivity states how efficiently an economy uses all its production factors. Continue reading What is Total Factor Productivity (TFP)?
Newspapers, and in particular economists frequently talk about labour productivity. Especially when commenting the current state of the economy, labour productivity is of central concern. This post will explain the concept of labour productivity and highlight its importance in the context of business cycle analysis. Continue reading What is Labour Productivity?
In The Conscience of a Liberal, Paul Krugman provides a compelling explanation for the recent increase of inequality in the United States. In contrast to the widely believed idea that is was globalization that caused the increase in inequality, he argues that Continue reading Review: The Conscience of a Liberal
Hillbilly Elegy is a tale of social decay. In an absorbing and fascinating manner, J.D. Vance outlines different episodes of his life that go along with the social decline of the white middle-class in the Midwest. In an impressive fashion, Continue reading Review: Hillbilly Elegy
In the past, I had a lot of difficulties to understand the difference between liberal and progressive. In fact, I was convinced, and actively used the word progressive as a synonym for the word liberal. Continue reading Difference between liberal and progressive
The Gini Coefficient is often used an indicator of inequality in a country. Additionally, one can also use the Gini Coefficient as an indicator of economic development. The Gini Coefficient is based on the Lorenz Curve and measures the degree of income or wealth inequality in an economy. The coefficient is bound between zero and one. This means that the coefficient can take on values between zero and one. A Gini Coefficient of one states complete inequality. That is, one single person receives all the income or holds all the wealth of the economy, while all others receive or own nothing. A Gini Coefficient of zero implies perfect equality. That is, all individuals obtain the same income. See the discussion of the Lorenz Curve for a clear illustration of the concept. Continue reading The Gini Coefficient