The Power of Profit

Business and Economic Analyses, Forecasting, and Stock Valuation

  • Ali Anari
  • James W. Kolari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Ali Anari, James W. Kolari
    Pages 1-4
  3. Ali Anari, James W. Kolari
    Pages 81-94
  4. Ali Anari, James W. Kolari
    Pages 95-117
  5. Ali Anari, James W. Kolari
    Pages 119-135
  6. Ali Anari, James W. Kolari
    Pages 155-157
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 159-180

About this book

Introduction

How can business leaders make better production and capital investment decisions? How can Wall Street analysts improve their predictions of future stock market values? How can government improve macroeconomic forecasts and policies? In The Power of Profit, Anari and Kolari demonstrate how profit measures can be applied as the basis for these and many other applications of economic, policy, financial, and business analysis. The underlying theme of the book is that profitability is the driving force in free market economies. Firms invest in capital, produce goods and services, and generate sales in an effort to reap profits. Firms that are unprofitable exit the marketplace and are replaced by profitable firms. Despite the crucial importance of profits, however, there is no formal model that directly relates profits to capital formation and output. Previous studies over the past 100 years on profit and the economy are mainly descriptive in nature, without any well-specified model grounded in microeconomic theory. Filling this gap, the authors present a profit system model of the firm grounded in basic accounting relationships in addition to the well-known Cobb-Douglas production function, which can be applied to individual firms, industries, and the business sector as a whole.

Through rigorous data analysis, the authors show how the profit system model

can be applied to:

  • modeling the U.S. business sector and national economy
  • forecasting output, capital stock, total profit, profit rates, and profit margins

  • examining the relationships among profitability, economic growth, and the

          business cycle

  • simulating the effects of potential monetary policy changes on the business

          sector and national economy

  • valuing the Standard & Poor’s stock market index as well as individual firms

The result is a model that integrates microeconomic and macroeconomic factors and that can be widely applied in business and economic decisions, policymaking, research, and teaching.

Keywords

Capital Formation Cobb-Douglas Production Function Corporate Finance Finance Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Investment Productivity Profit Profit-based Model Stock Market Strategic Management Valuation business production

Authors and affiliations

  • Ali Anari
    • 1
  • James W. Kolari
    • 2
  1. 1.Mays Business SchoolTexas A & M UniversityCollege StationU.S.A.
  2. 2.Mays Business SchoolTexas A & M UniversityCollege StationU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0649-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-0648-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-0649-6
  • About this book