Circular flow of income and expenditures | Macroeconomics | Khan Academy

Circular flow of income and expenditures | Macroeconomics | Khan Academy

Let’s say, that there’s a
country that’s made up only of this island that that’s sitting
in the middle of the lake and on that island there
is only one dude here. He has one house and he has some land on which crops can be grown. But he wants to think a
little bit more formally about his economy and he
starts setting up some institutions that start to
resemble things that we would see in more complex economies. So what he decides to do is, he decides to set up a firm. So let me put the firm right over here. He decides to create a legal entity called some firm over here, some corporation and he’s sitting here. He’s the household. He’s the household of exactly one person. So this is him as a household and he decides to give multiple factors of production to the firm. So he gives factors of
production to the firm. So he gives … He essentially
rents out his building, so he gives capital. He rents out the land to the firm, so he gets … He’s giving land and he also works for the
firm, so he is giving labor and he is the owner of the firm
and he’s … He was the guy who thought of this entrepreneurial
activity, so he’s also giving the factor of
production that’s sometimes thrown in there as entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship. I’ll just … I’ll
just abbreviate it just like that. And in return the firm
will essentially pay rents for these factors of production. So the firm will pay him …
will pay him money in exchange for being allowed to
use all of these things. So for the rent on the capital,
on the building itself, so for the building … the
building and we’ll talk about let’s say this is all in a given year. For the building, the
firm is going to pay him, the firm that he owns is going
to pay him $1000 per year. $1,000, so this is the building rent. Let me make it clear that this is building rent or building lease. Building rent is going to pay him $1,000. For the land … For the land
rent, he’s also going to get paid another $1,000 and then for his wages, essentially the rent on his labor, so his wages, you could view
that as a rent on labor. They’re renting his …
his energy and his time. His wages, he’s also going
to get $1,000 per year. Did I say a $1,000 per month? It should be $1,000 per year. So he’s getting $1,000 a
month in building rent, $1,000 a month in land and
$1,000 a month in wages and he gets whatever profit
… whatever profit comes from the firm because he is the
owner of the … of the firm and you could say that
that’s the compensation in exchange for his entrepreneurship. So in this … in the …
Looking at only this part or these two lines, the
household … He is providing all of the factors of
production for the firm, so the firm can produce useful things. So the firm can produce goods and services and it’s good that the firm
will produce goods and services because this household needs to survive. He needs a place to stay
and he needs food to eat. And so let’s say, with the labor
and this land and you know, so this guy is working at
this firm and it has this land and all of the rest, it’s
able to produce some food. And so it sells … It sells
him goods and services. So it sells … It sells his
household goods and services and in particular, it sells him
food and it also rents out the property and I think you
could see this is already getting kind of circular here. He’s essentailly renting
out his own property, but this is a nice simple example. Obviously, once you expand
beyond one … more than one person or more than one firm,
things get complicated fast. So he’s getting food and shelter and in exchange for the
food and the shelter, he’s going to pay the firm. In exchange for that he’s
going to pay the firm and so he’s going to pay the firm. Let’s just say that he decides
there isn’t much of a market right over here. He is the market. But let’s say for the food …
for the food he decides to pay, he pays $2,300. $2,300 a year for the food and for the use of the building
that is … that the firm is renting, he is paying …
let’s say he’s paying $1,200. Rent of $1,200. So a couple of ways to think about it. You can look at it from the
household’s point of view. What are his total expenditures? Well, total expenditures
come out to what? $3,500. So this is total … Let me
do this in a different color. This is total … total
expenditures for this household and what’s his total income? Well, he gets $1,000 for the building, $1,000 for land, $1,000
for wages and he gets some profit from that firm. So we don’t know what that profit is, so why don’t we hold off a
little bit on his total income. So I’ll just write it here. Total … total income. We don’t quite know what that is yet because we have to figure
out how much profit he’s getting from the firm. So let’s look at the firm’s point of view. What is the total revenue
that they’re getting? For the firm, the total
revenue … total revenue. Well, he’s getting 20 …
The firm is getting $2,300 for the food, $1,200 for the rent, getting total revenue of $3,500 per year. Everything here is on an annual basis. I have a feeling I said per
month by accident a few times. Everything here is on an annual basis. Getting $3,500 per year and what are the firm’s expenditures? Well, the firm has to has
… So this is expenses and here we’re going to be thinking in terms of economic profit because we’re really just thinking about how much money is coming out of this firm, out of this business. So, expenses … So, for the
building … the building, the firm has to pay $1,000. For the land, the firm has to pay $1,000 and for the labor … and
for the labor, the firm also has to pay $1,000 and so
what’s left over is the profit. We’re assuming that
there’s no taxes over here. This is the profit for the owners, $3,500 minus 3,000 gives
us a profit of $500 and that’s going to go
to the owner of the firm, who happens to be this
guy right over here. So the profit is $500 and so
his total income is $3,500, $3,500 and it’s good that his income is at least $3,500 because
that’s how much he’s spending it per month, spending per month. Now the whole reason why I did
this is to kind of show you the circular flow of goods and services. These are the goods and services up here. Let me show … These are
the goods and services. Goods and services. The firms provide the
households goods and services and then the households
are providing the firms, the factors of production. And sometimes you might say, “Well, aren’t other firms also providing” “the factors of production?” Yes, other firms could if
there were other firms but those firms at the end of
the day are owned by someone. They are getting their
factors of production by some household or they
are owned by some household. So you can view it as
at the end of the day, the households are really giving the firms the factors of production. Factors … Factors of production. At an exchange for the
factors of production, the households in exchange
for giving these things, the firms give the households income, essentially rents on the
different factors of production that are being given to
the firm for the most part and over here in exchange
for the goods and services, the households are making expenditures that can also be considered
revenue of the firm. Now, if you were an economist
that were to observe this and I guess if we’re to
focus on this island maybe he would also have to
be the island economist and you would say, “How
would you measure … ” “How would you measure the
total … the total value of the “product … production
of my country here?”, maybe we could call it the
Gross Domestic Product. How would we measure it? Would you count just the
total expenditures or would you count the total
expenditures and the total income or would you even count
that and the revenue? Well if you counted all of that, you would be essentially triple counting. If you counted the total
revenue, the total expenditures and the total income,
they are all about $3,500. You would be triple counting. So what you could do,
you could just measure only one of these things. You could say your GDP,
your Gross Domestic Product, your Gross Domestic Product
is the total expenditures by the households. So
it would be the $3,500. You could say it is the total
income by the households, so that would also be
$3,500 and the total revenue really is the same thing
as the total expenditures. So the whole point of this
video and this is, obviously, a very artificial case where
we’re dealing with an island with only one person and he’s
essentially renting out his own labor by using this firm
as some type of vehicle. He’s consuming his own labor. He’s renting out a house from a firm that he has rented his house to. So it is very, very, very
circular but hopefully this appreciate … you kind of appreciate how the resources are going around in this kind of a circular flow.


  1. Aaron Stewart says:

    God bless you Khan!!

  2. Septimius Severus says:

    100% on my Exam, thanks Khan!

  3. jckgoldness says:

    thx i have a test on monday that covers this

  4. DondeEstaVee says:

    Why now!!! MY EXAM WAS YESTERDAY!!!


  5. Marve Malingsbakk says:

    @AnalyticalInsanity Most probably every year, as that's what he said in the beginning and often throughout the video.

  6. Juan Manuel Correa Caicedo says:

    please: MORE… MORE… MORE!!

  7. Khan Academy says:

    @AnalyticalInsanity every year

  8. yp06407012 says:

    what happens when he gets married….???

  9. mc2gregory says:

    I liked this one a lot; it helped me apprecite a different view of our actual economy, where the beginning premise is that we're all pretty much in this together.

  10. 7265 says:

    Sal is an INTP.

  11. BurkeyAcademy says:

    Khan- you might want to move the MACRO videos to a playlist called MACRO, instead of including the in the micro playlist.

  12. Dankest Elf says:

    abbreviate? or forgot how to spell entrepreneurship? 😀 (jokes)

  13. 7265 says:

    What does that have to do with my comment?

  14. Cep puiqMX says:

    This guy must have a conversion disorder.

  15. m says:

    why is he paying for his own shelter

  16. Zhi Xian says:

    this vid is simply amazing.

  17. Aamir Sait says:

    bro 4 sector flow

  18. Mr Jameson says:


  19. Juan Artiles says:

    this one is a little confusing because of the one dude

  20. ananna sharmin says:

    I am not getting audio for the video

  21. Kelvin Gomez says:

    Master Roshi from Dragonball lol

  22. santosh sapkota says:

    I wanted a four sector i can do better expalaination than this on 2 sector

  23. Krista C says:

    I really appreciate your help. This simplifies the flows, making it easy to understand and build on. 

  24. mohammad rezaee says:

    Thank you so much for helping.Its reallyy useful

  25. Martijn Martens says:

    Thanks a lot!!

  26. Emiliano Jr says:


  27. TheTrainIsCominggggg says:

    NO WAY! awesome!

  28. pratisha mushyaju says:

    how to get subtitles for this video

  29. Peter Lundwe says:


  30. Sudip rijal says:

    It was very helpful , thanks .

  31. Travis Vo says:

    Am I the only one here who is confused? :c

  32. Travis Vo says:

    Is he working then paying himself his own money?

  33. Naufal Fawwaz says:

    Thanks a lot! From Indonesia!

  34. Yash Bhardwaj says:

    life savior vid … thanks a lot from India 🙂 🙂

  35. Aosc2 says:

    My professor explains that households give "consumer expenditure" to the product market and taxes to the feds. Nothing about factors of production to firms. :/

  36. Christopher Sonne says:

    this guy on that island has some serious issues

  37. Vanessa says:

    Thanks a lot!! I have only just started on this for MacroEconomics… great start for me.

  38. Josh says:

    Someone explain what Quesnays version of this is

  39. Chelsy Robinson says:

    This video really confused me … can you do another with more than one man…

  40. MilkChocolateBoombox says:

    man my Econ teacher just made us spend 8 minutes watching this with all of the lights off and then was upset people were sleeping

  41. Jon vo says:

    So this guy gets capital from himself, has his own firm, his own economy, and pays himself rent?

  42. Ky Muirhead says:

    Brilliant example to explain this. I appreciate it. Thanks.

  43. Çağatay Gülcan says:

    Hey, in this video doesn't work subtitle. (Turkish)

  44. Timur Umarov says:

    Amazing videos! very helpful. Thanks)

  45. Brice Jale says:

    I was understanding things until 6:30. Got lost by then.

  46. truckeemick says:

    circular flow income is impossible in this global economy. circular flow income was acheived in the west from the fifties through the 70's. then global economics came on the scene and sowed the seeds for its demise. globalism was the final nail. any further support for this type of economics will thrust the west into unknown poverty of the extreme kind. this talk of economics is just communist economic propoganda. that is all.

  47. I Bmi says:

    Good way of explaining it. Harder to understand with one man, but at the same time, if you do get it, you'll kinda get the material.

  48. Salsabil Chy says:

    6:31 holy shit thank me later

  49. King Sukh says:


  50. Kyle Polizotto says:

    So many problems with this video 🙁 The building should be categorized as Capital, whose income is called "Interest" (not Land=Rent) Also, if we are only concerned about "money coming out of this business" that would be Accounting Profit, not Economic Profit. More errors than time to write.

  51. Shibin Shibin says:

    Good help me

  52. Jay P says:

    This is a very poor example.

  53. Mr.Sceptic says:

    Corrupt bureaucracy in a nutshell

  54. Jacob C says:

    is this assuming the household will spend 100% of its income on goods and services?

  55. Intellegent Smurf says:

    I don't get how people love or understand Khan Academy…

  56. H L says:

    he’s paying rent to himself?

  57. Max Rubio says:

    why do I feel like you are talking to like I am dumb?

  58. Parminder Singh Raj says:

    amazing video!

  59. Berit Sell (Student) says:

    You should probably remake this video, Mr. Smith. You said that the rent was ANNUAL and then said that the guy spent $3500 a MONTH on the firm and that the firm made $3500 a MONTH, but then you listed expenses again as $3000. Expenditure and expense are synonyms, so how much was spent? $3500 or $3000? If he pays $3500 and makes $3500, then there is no profit. Too much of this does not add up.

  60. Online Mall says:

    ?????????? What the hell…………

  61. Jake Marsden says:

    What five sectors comprise the Australian economy?

  62. Enrique Torres says:

    You need two people to start an economy. The one person makes it confusing.

  63. Harold H says:

    honestly confused about the concept of a "household". When you live in a city with millions of "households" how does that play into effect with firms? I don't see the correlation of my house and the firms out in the city or is it some crazy network?

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