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The Weekend Quiz – August 6-7, 2022

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. A fiscal deficit equivalent to 3 per cent of GDP tells us that the government is adopting a less expansionary policy stance than if the fiscal deficit outcome was equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP.

2. When the government borrows from the non-government sector to match an increase in net public spending, the initial increase in aggregate demand is less than would be the case if there was no bond sale.

3. 3. Consider the following table which describes four different economies in terms of the behavioural parameters relating to the leakages to aggregate demand. Assume that in all four economies, there is idle capacity, the central bank holds all interest rates constant, inflation is constant and there is no changes in international competitiveness.
Which economy would deliver the largest national income bonus for a given discretionary expansion in government spending.

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