Consumption function basics
The basic idea of a consumption function. Created by Sal Khan.
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- I'm having a hard time understanding where this autonomous income is coming from. I understand that it would be still be there if people were not receiving any income, and Sal points out that in some cases this would mean people are digging into their savings. However, this seems inconceivable for multiple periods of time. I could understand that possibly one period someone received no income and was able to dig into their savings for consumption, but how is it that they keep 'replenishing' this base income? Why doesn't it run out?(14 votes)
- Autonomous consumption is the consumption that does not depend on the income. It is like consumption of necessities like food and other things needed for survival. A person may have no savings but then they will have to borrow from friends and relatives or sell their things for money etc to buy food, clothes and other necessities.(26 votes)
- in reality, what is the average MPC of the consumers in the US?(6 votes)
- The "in reality" part is where things get tricky, because MPC is just a silly little model to help you think about the world. You can't empirically measure MPC. Different people can look at the same data, and come to different conclusions as to what the MPC actually is for a given group of people at a given point in time. Much effort has been spent by economic historians trying to guess at what MPC values are in different places and times. You can do a web search for such studies, but just know that they're all doing educated guessing - there's no right answer.(8 votes)
- I understand what Sal is saying @1:38about disposable income being about your total income subtracting taxes. This is a little weird to me though because although taxes are not voluntary the money paid into taxes is still put into the economy as a whole. You pay money to the government, then the government uses that money to pay other organizations. So your paycheck before or after taxes is money still going into the economy.(3 votes)
- Consumption expenditure is expenditure made by households. It depends on the disposable income as the part of the income paid as taxes is not available for them to spend.
Government expenditure is a separate component like investment expenditure and Net Exports.(5 votes)
- what role does the stock market play in the gdp growth?(2 votes)
- The stock market that people normally refer to would be represented by exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, places where people can by and sell shares of stock that have already been issued. The exchanges are also known as "secondary markets."
Stock market ups and downs don't affect the measurement of GDP directly. But they do help to support the flow of financial resources to productive activities.(6 votes)
- At0:14you mention Consumption and Income in 'aggregate'. What exactly does 'in aggregate' mean?(1 vote)
- "in total" over different segments of the economy(3 votes)
- How to find consumption function when mpc is given?(2 votes)
- wt is disposible income(1 vote)
- It is the income that you have after you have paid taxes and within the UK, national insurance, another word for this is 'take home pay'(2 votes)
- So, both of the consumption functions sketched in the video are correct ? One basic linear function with a clearly defined, stable MPC (slope) and one elusive curve that tends to be more realistic ? Which one is generally used by economists to measure consumers' consumption ?(1 vote)
- These are just models. No one knows the exact shapes of any of these curves.(2 votes)
- What would the function look like for the example he gave towards the end where as you move along the income axis, your MPC decreases?(1 vote)
- It could be something along the lines of C = 250 + √x(2 votes)
- As applied to Y being the GDP and its growth with spending, you start with a base "autonomous" spending from money that does not exist i. e. no income but still have money to spend/ How is this possible?(1 vote)
- It may seem impossible, but look at this way. If I am laid off from my job, then I have no income. But, I still have to eat or pay the rent or pay the phone bill or more... So, these spendings are "autonomous", regardless I earn money or not.(2 votes)
Male: What I want to do in this video is introduce you to the idea of a consumption function. It's a very simple idea. It's really just the notion that income, income in aggregate in an economy can drive consumption in aggregate in an economy. Just to make things tangible, I will construct a consumption function for a hypothetical economy, and we can debate whether we can construct a better one. All the numbers don't have to be exactly what I'm about to do, but this is just to make things concrete in your mind. Maybe we have a hypothetical economy where consumption is going to be equal to ... well, maybe there's some base level of consumption even if there's no aggregate income in our economy. It's hard to image, but let's say there isn't. There will still be consumption. Maybe people can do it by digging into their savings. They're essentially using resources that they've already accumulated in some way. Let's say that base level of consumption, let's call that 500. It could be billions of dollars or gold coins or clamshells or whatever the unit of measuring economic activity is in our economy. That's our base level of consumption. Then let's say if there is some aggregate income, people will spend 60% of it. I'm just picking these numbers somewhat arbitrarily. Let's say if there's some above and beyond the base level, they're going to spend 0.6 of any aggregate income they have. Actually, to be a little bit more particular, I'll write not just income, I'll write disposable income. I'll want to do that in a different color. They will ... that's not a different color. Above and beyond the base level, they'll spend 60% of their disposable income. I make the distinction, just to clarify our model, between income and disposable income because all of the aggregate income in an economy does not end up in consumers' pockets. Just for a simplification, you might say, "Yeah, some of it ends up in firms' pockets," but the firms, at the end of the day, are owned by individuals, so it can end up in individuals' or consumers' pockets. But some of it goes off to the government. When you think about income, and if you spend any time looking at your pay stub this will become familiar to you, you have your income but you don't end up with all of that in your checking account or your pocket or your savings account. A good fraction of that is taken out for taxes. What you have left over when you subtract taxes out of income, that is your disposable income. That's why I write this here because that's actually a more reasonable thing to say. People will spend 60% of their disposable income. They obviously can't spend a fraction of stuff that they don't have, the stuff that's taken out for taxes. Just to visualize this, we can draw it. This will be a line. This might ring a bell from your early algebra days. Just the variables are different. Instead of a y, we have a c, but that's still the dependent variable. It's a function of disposable income. In algebra you'll often call this the independent variable. The most typical variable is x. It's really the same idea over here. Let me draw this a little bit neater. We can graph this, what's essentially going to be a line. It doesn't have to be a line. We just constructed a consumption function that happens to be a line. This is consumption right over here in the vertical axis. That could be in billions of dollars or clamshells or whatever else. Then right over here we have disposable income. If there is zero disposable income, maybe I'll draw a little table over here. This is I'll call it disposable income and this is consumption. If there's zero disposable income, then this whole term right over here is 0. Then you have 500 billion dollars, or whatever our units are, of base consumption. This would correspond to this point right over here. In the horizontal axis you don't move at all because this is 0. Vertical axis is 500. So you have 500. Let's say disposable income is 1,000 whatever our units are. So this is 500. Let's say this is 1,000 billion clamshells. This could be in billions of clamshells. I don't want to keep having to say that over and over again. What is our consumption going to be in our units? Our consumption is going to be equal to 500 + 0.6 x 1,000 which is equal to 500 + 600 which is equal to 1,100. That would correspond, this right over here, would correspond to; so 1,000, so this might be 1,000 on this axis so this would be 1,100 to this point right over here. That would be the coordinate: 1,000; 1,100. This is a line. Two points make a line. In this particular case we have a consumption function that looks something like this. We picked two points to draw it. If you remember a little bit of your slope, you could view this as your y intercept, or in this case your c intercept, and that your slope would be the .6, and we'll talk more about that in future videos when we dig into the marginal propensity to consume a little bit more. But the one thing I just want to highlight is it's a very simple idea. This does not have to be the consumption function. The consumption functions that we tend to study in introductory economics classes will look like this. It will be a line that has some intersection, some base level of consumption. But one could argue it might be very different. Maybe the consumption function looks like this. Maybe when income is low, for every incremental dollar of income, people are probably going to spend a lot. As they become richer and richer and richer, as their income goes higher and higher, they're going to spend less and less a fraction of their disposable income. Essentially what I'm describing here is a marginal propensity to consume changes. In our first model, we had a very basic marginal propensity to consume. It was constant. For every incremental dollar, .6 of that got spent. So we had a marginal propensity to consume that was constant of 0.6. Marginal propensity to consume. But, you could argue, that maybe a more complex model is justified. That when you have a very high marginal propensity to consume, when people have very little because they have a very low standard of living, they really want to just get a little bit more just so they can live a decent life, but as they get more and more income they say, "Hey, I'm starting to max out my standard of living, "I'll save more and more of it for a rainy day."