Capital Supply and Markets II

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Session Overview


Now that we understand what the cost and benefits are of different consumption and investment decisions over time, we can understand how both firms and individual consumers make decisions about how much to invest in different types of opportunities. In this lecture, we will discuss how individuals make major decisions, such as whether to attend college and how much to save for retirement.

The savings of individuals drive the growth of our economy. Image courtesy of B3OK on Flickr.

Keywords: Investment decisions; net present value; discount rate; subsidized retirement savings programs.

Session Activities


Before watching the lecture video, read the course textbook for an introduction to the material covered in this session:

  • [R&T] Chapter 13, "Interest Rates and the Markets for Capital and Natural Resources."
  • [Perloff] Chapter 16, "Interest Rates, Investments, and Capital Markets." (optional)

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Check Yourself

Concept Quiz

This concept quiz covers key vocabulary terms and also tests your intuitive understanding of the material covered in this session. Complete this quiz before moving on to the next session to make sure you understand the concepts required to solve the mathematical and graphical problems that are the basis of this course.


Further Study

These optional resources are provided for students that wish to explore this topic more fully.

Textbook Study Materials

See the [Perloff] companion website for an overview of the main topics covered in the chapter, as well as quizzes, applications, and other related resources.


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