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Saturday Quiz – November 5, 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 questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. If the government increases its budget deficit as a percentage of GDP it will squeeze the real resources available for private productive uses.

2. For a nation running a current account deficit, national income adjustments will ensure government budget is in deficit no matter what the government's intentions are if the private domestic sector is spending less than its income.

3. Central banks manipulate bank reserves to control its policy interest rate.

4. If the central bank chooses to pay a return on overnight reserves held by the commercial banks equal to the current policy rate then the overall level of reserves held by the latter will be higher than otherwise (ignore any reserve requirements).

5. Premium Question: Specific legal considerations aside, it would be impossible for a government to avoid issuing debt to the private sector when running a budget deficit while the central bank was targeting a positive short-term policy rate.

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    1. 4 out of 5. I think I might have been thrown off in question 1 by ‘GDP’ specifically. So for the moment, I am a mere foot-soldier in the modern monetary army!

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