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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

    (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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  • Richard A. Miller, 2006. "Capitalism With Capital: A Suggested Remedy to the Absence of Investment Decision-making in Basic Microeconomics Teaching," Wesleyan Economics Working Papers 2006-016, Wesleyan University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    capital budgeting; present value; competitive equilibrium; economic education;
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    • A20 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - General
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies

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