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Expansionary and Contractionary Fiscal Policy

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1 Expansionary and Contractionary Fiscal Policy
AG 23.03

2 Expansionary Policy An economic policy that seeks to expand the money supply to encourage economic growth or combat inflation. One form of expansionary policy is fiscal policy, which comes in the form of tax cuts, rebates and increased government spending. Expansionary policies can also come from central banks, which focus on increasing the money supply in the economy.

3 Expansionary Policy Why use Expansionary Policy?
Help jump start the economy during a slow or down period This policy does come with risks: Must time the money expansion properly to not cause inflation Time lag between start of policy and economic impact Legislators and bankers need to know when to stop.

4 Keynesian Theory Keynesian: An economic theory stating that active government intervention in the marketplace and monetary policy is the best method of ensuring economic growth and stability.

5 Trickle Down Theory An economic theory which states that investing money in companies and giving them tax breaks is the best way to stimulate the economy.

6 Contractionary Policy
A type of policy that is used as an economic tool by the country's central bank or finance ministry to slow down an economy. Contractionary policies are enacted by a government to reduce the money supply and ultimately the spending in a country. This is done primarily through: 1. Increasing interest rates 2. Increasing reserve requirements 3. Reducing the money supply, directly or indirectly This tool is used during high-growth periods of the business cycle, but does not have an immediate effect.

7 Contractionary Policy
Why use Contractionary Policy? It will slow down a rising costs This policy does come with risks: FED interest rates are higher, so banks interest rates are higher, so your interest rates on loans are higher Less money leaving the FED means less money on hand in the banks Banks can call on existing debt to make up for money shortage

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