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Capitalism With Capital: A Suggested Remedy for the Absence of Investment Decision Making in Basic Microeconomics Teaching

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  • Richard A Miller

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    '[U]nder competition, the rate of return on investment tends toward equality in all industries.' Introductory and intermediate microeconomics textbooks are sketchy in explaining how capital is allocated by financial markets. Capital budgeting techniques, primarily net present value, deserve a more prominent role. This article suggests ways in which financial economics can be integrated into undergraduate courses to illuminate entry into (and exit from) industries in response to profit opportunities, as an essential part of economists' narration of resource allocation in a capitalistic and dynamic market economy.

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    Article provided by Economics Network, University of Bristol in its journal International Review of Economics Education.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 48-62

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    1. Gilbert, Richard, 1988. "Mobility Barriers and the Value of Incumbency," Department of Economics, Working Paper Series qt52q9j63w, Department of Economics, Institute for Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley.
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