Capital (economics)

Written By: Ehsan Jahandarpour

In economics, capital goods or capital consists of “those durable produced goods that are in turn used as productive inputs for further production” of goods and services. At the macroeconomic level, “the nation’s capital stock includes buildings, equipment, software, and inventories during a given year.” A typical example is the machinery used in factories. Capital can be increased by the use of the factors of production, which however excludes certain durable goods like homes and personal automobiles that are not used in the production of saleable goods and services.