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Capitalism With Capital: A Suggested Remedy to the Absence of Investment Decision-making in Basic Microeconomics Teaching

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  • Richard A. Miller

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    (Department of Economics, Wesleyan University)

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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, market economy.

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    Paper provided by Wesleyan University, Department of Economics in its series Wesleyan Economics Working Papers with number 2006-016.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: May 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2006-016

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    Keywords: capital budgeting; present value; competitive equilibrium; economic education;

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    1. Richard J. Gilbert., 1988. "Mobility Barriers and the Value of Incumbency," Economics Working Papers 8895, University of California at Berkeley.
    2. Richard A. Miller, 2000. "Ten Cheaper Spades: Production Theory and Cost Curves in the Short Run," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(2), pages 119-130, January.
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