The Weekend Quiz – December 1-2, 2018

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. From the US National Accounts, you find that in 2006, the share of Personal consumption expenditure in real GDP was 69.9 per cent and by 2008 it had fallen to 69.8 per cent. Similarly, the share of Gross private domestic investment on real GDP was 17.2 per cent in 2006 and by 2008 had fallen to 14.9 per cent (and further to 11.8 per cent in 2009). The net export deficit over the same period (2006 to 2008) fell from -5.7 per cent of real GDP to -4.9 per cent in 2008. Finally, the share of Government consumption expenditures and gross investment in real GDP rose from 18.8 per cent in 2006 to 18.9 per cent in 2008 (and 19.7 per cent in 2009). These relative changes tell you that real GDP was lower in 2008 compared to 2006 because the increase in Government spending and the falling negative contribution of net exports were not sufficient to offset the declining contribution from consumption and investment.



2. The solvency risk facing Eurozone nations such as Italy at present is sourced in the restrictions imposed on fiscal deficit and debt ratios by the Stability and Growth Pact and the Fiscal Compact, which member states voluntarily agreed to when they entered into as part of their membership of the common currency.



3. Take the following situation reported in a nation's Labour Force data. Employment grew by only 400 in net terms in the previous month. Other highlights were that unemployment rose by 10,700 and that the labour force participation rate fell by 0.1 per cent. Taken together this data tells you that:






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    4 Responses to The Weekend Quiz – December 1-2, 2018

    1. Lance says:

      None out of three! A record!

    2. Jerry Brown says:

      Another tough quiz. Had to spend a lot of time on question 1 and now wondering if I got it right for the right reason. And question 3, got it wrong but think I was right anyway. Imagine that. Can’t wait for the answers and explanations but I guess I will have to. Thanks for the quiz. Expect an argument on 3.

    3. cs says:

      2/3…but lucky I think…tough quiz this week though. I struggle with ratios for some reason in maths and so much of macro is about ratios and rates of growth, exchange rates etc… the math defeats me.

    4. Tom says:

      2 out of 3.

      Got 1st one wrong.

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