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What is the country’s GDP for the year in $ billion? Given the following data for a...

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reillycade | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 13, 2013 at 3:10 AM via web

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What is the country’s GDP for the year in $ billion?

Given the following data for a hypothetical economy in a given year:

Category Value

Personal consumption expenditures:

$50 billion

Purchases of stocks and bonds:

$30 billion

Net exports:

−$10 billion

Government purchases:

$30 billion

Sales of secondhand items:

$8 billion

Gross investment:

$25 billion

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rahelb | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM (Answer #1)

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When measuring GDP, you must be careful to examine all the information you have and then only calculate GDP using the components that count toward GDP. In your example here, we can start with removing the components and numbers listed that are not included when calculating GDP. Those include:

1. Puchases of stocks and bonds because we only look at transactions of final physical goods and not financial purchases.

2. Sales of secondhand items because GDP only considers new goods that have been created within the country.

What remains is:

Personal Consumption Expenditures ($50 billion) + Net Exports (-$10 billion) + Government Purchases ($30 billion) + Gross Investment ($25 billion) = GDP

So we change that to: $50 billion + $30 billion + $25 billion - $10 billion which equals a GDP of: $95 billion

Note: Net Exports is negative because net exports = exports - imports so that year the country imported more than it exported. When imports > exports, we have a negative net export which reduced GDP.

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