2 the market for capital firms require capital to invest in productive
2. The market for capital
Firms require capital to invest in productive opportunities. The best firms with the most profitable opportunities can attract capital away from
inefficient firms with less profitable opportunities. Investors supply firms with capital at a cost called the interest rate. The interest rate that investors
require is determined by several factors, including the availability of production opportunities, the time preference for current consumption, risk, and
Suppose the Federal Reserve (the Fed) decides to tighten credit by contracting the money supply. Use the following graph by moving the black X to
show what happens to the equilibrium level of borrowing and the new equilibrium interest rate./nINTEREST RATE, r (Percent)
CAPITAL (Billions of dollars)
?/nWhich tend to be more volatile, short- or long-term interest rates?
O Long-term interest rates
Short-term interest rates
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