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Economics Tuition – Bishan Tuition Centres – Explain the impact of a rise in oil price on inflation and unemployment

Explain the impact of a rise in oil price on inflation and unemployment.

When there is a rise in oil prices, the cost of production is increased which will lower aggregate supply, resulting in an excess demand condition, thus raising general price level. Hence, cost-push inflation arises.

An oil price hike leads to inflationary pressures. The increase in the price of raw materials and natural resources, such as crude oil, leads to an increase in manufacturing and transportation costs for many industries. Consequently, producers will pass on the increase in cost of production to consumers in the form of higher prices and inflationary pressures ensue, as illustrated by upward shift of the horizontal portion of the aggregate supply curve.

Oil price hike also leads to higher unemployment. For firms that are unable to pass on the increased cost of production to consumers will have to scale on their production process, including labour. A prolonged oil price hike will lead to the erosion of comparative advantage for firms in these industries which rely extensively on oil for production purposes. Hence, this results in structural unemployment. In addition, firms will seek cheaper alternatives, such as renewable energy and natural gases, thus reducing the severity of structural unemployment.


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Economics Tuition – Explain the scenarios under which the following methods of protectionism is more effective

Economics Tuition – Explain the scenarios under which the following methods of protectionism is more effective

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A quota refers to the direct control of import demand, which will lower supply of imports, thus reducing quantity demand for imports. The restriction of the quantity of imported goods will create an artificial shortage that leads to the increase in price of the imported goods. Hence, there is a fall in import demand.

A quota is effective when extensive import of the good has detrimental impacts to the society, particularly demerit goods like cigarettes and alcohol. However, the imposition of quota may result in retaliation by other trading countries, in which these countries also implement trade protectionism, which will lower the world output.

The imposition of tariffs will raise the price of imported goods, such that there is a fall in quantity demanded of imports and the increase in demand for domestic goods.

Tariffs is effective when it can directly affect the output level and thus import demand. Tariffs generate government revenue which can be used to finance public projects.


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Economics Tuition – Explain the theory of Comparative Advantage

Economics Tuition – Explain the theory of Comparative Advantage.

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Purpose of comparative advantage
The concept of comparative advantage explains how countries which are efficient in production can specialise and trade with countries which are inefficient so as to maximise total production and consumption, based on the concept of opportunity cost

Definition of comparative advantage
Comparative advantage is seen when a country has a lower relative opportunity cost in the production of a good when compared to another country in the respective areas of production for similar given resources, despite not producing more units of goods as compared to another country. (One country is efficient in the production of both goods while the other country is inefficient in the production of both goods: specialisation for the efficient country is based on the goods with higher relative efficiency while specialisation for the production of country which is inefficient is based on the good with lower relative efficiency.


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Economics Tuition – Explain why government tries to maintain price stability to maintain or enhance its level of investments

Economics Tuition – Explain why government tries to maintain price stability to maintain or enhance its level of investments.

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Firstly, a high level of inflation introduces business uncertainty and hence reduces investors’ incentive to invest. Specifically, hyperinflation disrupts the derivation of cost of production, making it difficult to set price which discourages trading activities and heightens the cost of investment. This contributes to lower investment rate in the country, which raises a cause of concern for government to maintain price stability.

In contrast, price stability via a mild level of inflation is desirable as it stimulates investment. Mild inflation raises production and national income when inflation rate is low as it induces growth of profitability. As production cost lags behind product prices, producers can pass on the rising cost condition to the consumers, enabling to gain greater revenue and profitability.

In addition, price stability, via modest price appreciation, will raise revenue under price-inelastic demand condition and when increase in total revenue is higher than the increase in cost of production, profitability will rise and entrepreneurs are more willing to invest because of their expectations of higher profit margins.


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Economics Tuition – Explain why inflation exists in the housing market

Economics Tuition – Explain why inflation exists in the housing market.

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Given that housing is an asset to home-owners, the rise of the price of assets will cause the individuals to raise the price of their factor services as they peg their factor cost to the price of the housing prices. The price of assets will rise due to the inflow of hot money, which refers to short-term capital inflow by speculators in the housing money. Furthermore, the rise in price of assets will raise the value of mortgage and cost of payment, inducing a rise in rental cost. Consequently, there will be a cyclical increase in price of housing, with inflationary pressures. Hence, there is asset-based inflation.


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Economics Tuition – How to explain cost-push inflation?

Economics Tuition – How to explain cost-push inflation?

Cost-push inflation occurs when there is a rise in cost of production which will lead a fall in the aggregate supply that will lead to an excess demand condition, contributing to increase in price level. When the cycle becomes cyclical, it will develop as wage-price spiral or price-wage spiral.

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Economics Tuition – JC Economics Essays – Economicsfocus – Cost-push Inflation Diagram

As seen from the diagram, the rise in cost of production will lead to a fall in aggregate supply from AS0 to AS1 which will create an excess demand condition at P0 which will prompt the rise in price from P0 to P1.


This article is contributed by Mr. Simon Ng, founder and principal JC Economics Tutor of Economicsfocus, who has 20 years of teaching experience. Currently, Mr. Simon Ng provides specialized Economics Tuition and GP Tuition. To read more articles on Economics issues and skills development, please refer to the JC Economics Essays blog.

Economics Tuition – Explain the impact of a rise in oil price on inflation and unemployment

Economics Tuition – Explain the impact of a rise in oil price on inflation and unemployment.

When there is a rise in oil prices, the cost of production is increased which will lower aggregate supply, resulting in an excess demand condition, thus raising general price level. Hence, cost-push inflation arises.

An oil price hike leads to inflationary pressures. The increase in the price of raw materials and natural resources, such as crude oil, leads to an increase in manufacturing and transportation costs for many industries. Consequently, producers will pass on the increase in cost of production to consumers in the form of higher prices and inflationary pressures ensue, as illustrated by upward shift of the horizontal portion of the aggregate supply curve.

Oil price hike also leads to higher unemployment. For firms that are unable to pass on the increased cost of production to consumers will have to scale on their production process, including labour. A prolonged oil price hike will lead to the erosion of comparative advantage for firms in these industries which rely extensively on oil for production purposes. Hence, this results in structural unemployment. In addition, firms will seek cheaper alternatives, such as renewable energy and natural gases, thus reducing the severity of structural unemployment.


This article is contributed by Mr. Simon Ng, founder and principal JC Economics Tutor of Economicsfocus, who has 20 years of teaching experience. Currently, Mr. Simon Ng provides specialized Economics Tuition and GP Tuition. To read more articles on Economics issues and skills development, please refer to the JC Economics Essays blog.

Economics Tuition – Explain the problems of comparing living standards of Singapore over time

Economics Tuition – Explain the problems of comparing living standards of Singapore over time.

In Singapore, the enforcement of a good crime enforcement system has significantly reduced the level of crime rates and illegal activities in Singapore. However, in the past, where the presence of illegal activities/pirated transactions was rampant, it may have otherwise undermined the level of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and hence living standards by excluding a large portion of the income and activities generated in the underground economy. Hence, there is an overestimation of the improvement in living standards of Singapore.

Furthermore, if the percentage increase in price level or population or both are to rise above the percentage increase in GDP, the percentage increase in real per capita income will not rise, implying that there is no improvement in standard of living (SOL).

The increase in national income may not imply that the SOL of the whole nation has improved since the increase in real per capita due to a rise in GDP may not take into consideration the actual distribution of income. This means that not all the citizens will experience rise in real per capita income, indicating an increase in purchasing power.

It is also important to take note of the composition of production. Even if the GDP increases does contribute to growth in production capacity, the low level of production of welfare good such as does not improve the lives of the people.

Lastly, it is imperative to assess the qualitative aspect of standard of living such as the stress level and level of externalities. Therefore, qualitative indicators like Measurement of Economic Welfare (MEW) or Human Development Index (HDI) will be needed as MEW reflects the monetized value of intangible aspects of SOL, while HDI reflects the progress of well-being of the individuals.


This article is contributed by Mr. Simon Ng, founder and principal JC Economics Tutor of Economicsfocus, who has 20 years of teaching experience. Currently, Mr. Simon Ng provides specialized Economics Tuition and GP Tuition. To read more articles on Economics issues and skills development, please refer to the JC Economics Essays blog.

Economics Tuition – Using the Production Possibility Curve, explain how an increase in government spending contributes to economic growth

Economics Tuition – Using the Production Possibility Curve, explain how an increase in government spending contributes to economic growth

Economic growth refers to the growth of production, seen in terms of actual and potential production capacity. Actual economic growth, also known as short term growth, is commonly measured in terms of a percentage change in the real Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Production Possibility Curve (PPC) illustrates the resource and production capacity an economy can attain with the given amount of resources and level of technology.

The increase in government expenditure, such as the provision of subsidies to consumers, raises consumption and investment, so as to raise aggregate demand, production and national output. Consequently, production level contributes to an increase in the actualized production of goods and services, thus achieving higher actual economic growth.

Economics Tuition - National Income Accounting and Economic Growth - Diagram

Economics Tuition – National Income Accounting and Economic Growth – Diagram

As seen from the PPC, the increase in government spending contributes to the shift of the production level from point A to point B, thus attaining actual economic growth.


This article is contributed by Mr. Simon Ng, founder and principal JC Economics Tutor of Economicsfocus, who has 20 years of teaching experience. Currently, Mr. Simon Ng provides specialized Economics Tuition and GP Tuition. To read more articles on Economics issues and skills development, please refer to the JC Economics Essays blog.

Economics Tuition – What is standard of living?

Economics Tuition – What is standard of living?

Standard of living refers to the average quality of life of a population that includes the material and non-material aspects of life. The material aspect or quantitative value of SOL is determined by the quantity of goods and services enjoyed by the individual through the value of real per capita income which can be derived from real GDP, whereas the non-material aspect or qualitative aspect of SOL includes things such as life expectancy, crime rates, education standard, etc.


This article is contributed by Mr. Simon Ng, founder and principal JC Economics Tutor of Economicsfocus, who has 20 years of teaching experience. Currently, Mr. Simon Ng provides specialized Economics Tuition and GP Tuition. To read more articles on Economics issues and skills development, please refer to the JC Economics Essays blog.