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Saturday Quiz – April 27, 2013

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. When a nation is enjoying a strong terms of trade with an external surplus, the government can create more space for non-inflationary spending in the future by running budget surpluses and accumulating them in a sovereign fund.

2. Only one of the following propositions is possible (with all balances expressed as a per cent of GDP). A nation can run a current account deficit accompanied by a government sector surplus:

3. Under current institutional arrangements, the change in the ratio of public debt to GDP will exactly equal the primary deficit plus the interest service payments on the outstanding stock of debt both expressed as ratios to GDP plus the changes in the monetary base arising from official foreign exchange transactions.

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