Saturday Quiz – September 24, 2011

Welcome to the billy blog Saturday quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention over the last seven days. See how you go with the following six questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Assume that a nation is continuously running an external deficit of 2 per cent of GDP. If the private domestic sector successfully spends less than its income, then we would always find a public sector deficit.



2. If economy-wide average nominal wages grow more slowly than the inflation rate then real income is being redistributed to profits.



3. The automatic stabilisers operate to return the government budget balance returns to its appropriate level once growth returns following a downturn.



4. The government has to issue debt if the central bank is targetting a non-zero policy rate and is reluctant to pay a return on excess bank reserves.



5. Premium Question: Assume that inflation and nominal interest rates are both constant and zero and a country has a public debt to GDP ratio of 100 per cent. The approach taken by those who support fiscal austerity is to run primary budget surpluses to stabilise and then reduce the debt ratio. Under the circumstances given, this strategy can still work if the economy contracts under the burden of the surpluses.





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    5 Responses to Saturday Quiz – September 24, 2011

    1. CharlesJ says:

      Here is a bit of light relief. In the US, UK’s Prime Minister Cameron has unveiled a poster campaign about Britain’s “greatness” using the phrase “[something-or-other] IS GREAT britain”:

      http://www.channel4.com/news/is-britain-great-or-broken

      Anyone with photoshop and a sense of humour should be able to capitalise on this open-goal, my suggestions:
      -picture of row of empty shops, caption ECONOMY IS GREAT britain
      -picture of rioters smashing shop window, caption SHOPPING IS GREAT britain
      -picture of homeless person asleep in doorway, caption ACCOMODATION IS GREAT britain
      -picture of depositors queueing to get money from Northern Rock, caption BANKING IS GREAT britain

      I don’t have photoshop though, maybe someone else can see what they can do.

    2. CharlesJ says:

      The following BBC report is entitled “IMF: Global economy needs collective action now”

      Is Christine Lagarde advocating communism, or is it just a Freudian Slip?

    3. CharlesJ says:

      pebird,
      All credit to you – that was fast!

      I think Bill should just randomly include these images in his blog with no explanation (none is needed).

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