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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ministry of Education
Saudi Electronic University
College of Administrative and Financial Sciences
Assignment 1
Macroeconomics (ECON 201)
Due Date:4th March 2022 @ 23:59
Course Name: Macroeconomics
Student’s Name:
Course Code: ECON201
Student’s ID Number:
Semester: II
CRN:
Academic Year:2021-22-2nd
For Instructor’s Use only
Instructor’s Name:
Students’ Grade: 00 / 10
Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low
General Instructions – PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY
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The Assignment must be submitted on Blackboard (WORD format only) via
allocated folder.
Assignments submitted through email will not be accepted.
Students are advised to make their work clear and well presented, marks may be
reduced for poor presentation. This includes filling your information on the cover
page.
Students must mention question number clearly in their answer.
Late submission will NOT be accepted.
Avoid plagiarism, the work should be in your own words, copying from students
or other resources without proper referencing will result in ZERO marks. No
exceptions.
All answered must be typed using Times New Roman (size 12, double-spaced)
font. No pictures containing text will be accepted and will be considered
plagiarism).
Submissions without this cover page will NOT be accepted.
Chapter 4 & 6: Case Study: Supply, Demand, and Market Equilibrium: (10 Points)
In the first assignment for the Macroeconomics course, the students are required to choose a specific area from
the subject and answer the questions given, upon successful completion of the assignment; the student should
be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
Learning Outcomes:
1. Define the institutional framework of macroeconomic policymaking. [CLO 1.1]
2. Analyze economic problems within the conceptual framework of mainstream macroeconomics.
[CLO 2.1]
Reference Source:
Textbook: – Mankiw, N. Gregory. Principles of Macroeconomics, 6th ed. Mason, OH: South-Western
Cengage Learning, 2011. ISBN: 9780538453066 (hard copy); ISBN: 9781115468523 (eBook)
Case Study:1 (5 Points)
Please read the case “Two Ways to Reduce the Quantity of Smoking Demanded” from Chapter 4
“Supply, Demand, and Market Equilibrium” Page: – 71 given in your textbook – “Principles of
Macroeconomics”. The case study presented in the chapter discussed cigarette taxes as a way to reduce
smoking. Now think about the markets for other tobacco product such as cigars and chewing tobacco. and
Answer the following Questions:
Questions:
1.1. Are these goods substitutes or compliments for cigarettes? (100 – 150 words – 1.25 point)
1.2.Using a supply and demand diagram, show what happens in the markets for cigars and chewing
tobacco if the tax on cigarettes is increased. (100 – 150 words – 1.25 point)
1.3.If policy makers wanted to reduce total tobacco consumption, what policies could they combine
with the cigarette tax? (100 – 150 words – 1.25 point)
1.4.How can we reduce the consumption of cigarettes in economics? (100 – 150 words – 1.25 point)
Important Note: – Support your submission with course material concepts, principles, and
theories from the textbook and at least two scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.
Case Study:2 (5 Points)
Please read the case “The Minimum Wage” from Chapter 6 “Supply, Demand, and Government
Policies” Page: – 117 given in your textbook – “Principles of Macroeconomics”. A case study
discusses the federal minimum-wage law.
Questions:
2.1.Suppose the minimum wage is above the equilibrium wage in the market for unskilled labor.
Using a supply and-demand diagram of the market for unskilled labor, show the market wage,
the number of workers who are employed, and the number of workers who are unemployed.
Also show the total wage payments to unskilled workers. (100 – 150 words – 1.25 point)
2.2.Now suppose the secretary of labor proposes an increase in the minimum wage. What effect
would this increase have on employment? Does the change in employment depend on the
elasticity of demand, the elasticity of supply, both elasticities, or neither? (100 – 150 words –
1.25 point)
2.3.What effect would this increase in the minimum wage have on unemployment? Does the change
in unemployment depend on the elasticity of demand, the elasticity of supply, both elasticities, or
neither? (100 – 150 words – 1.25 point)
2.4.If the demand for unskilled labor were inelastic, would the proposed increase in the minimum
wage raise or lower total wage payments to unskilled workers? Would your answer change if the
demand for unskilled labor were elastic? (100 – 150 words – 1.25 point)
Important Note: – Support your submission with course material concepts, principles, and
theories from the textbook and at least two scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.
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