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Econ 252: Chapter 13 Notes

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Econ 252: Chapter 13 Notes ECON 252

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These notes cover chapter 13 lecture notes
Andres Vargas
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Macroeconomics, Economics
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Date Created: 04/17/16
Chapter 13: Countercyclical Macroeconomic Policy 13.1 – The Role of Countercyclical Policies in Economic Fluctuations  Countercyclical Policies – attempt to reduce the intensity of economic fluctuations and smooth the growth rates of employment, GDP, and prices.  Countercyclical Monetary Policy – conducted by the central bank, attempts to reduce economic fluctuations by manipulating bank reserves and interest rates.  Countercyclical Fiscal Policy – passed by the legislative branch and signed into law by the executive branch, aims to reduce economic fluctuations by manipulating government expenditures and taxes. 13.2 – Countercyclical Monetary Policy  Expansionary Monetary Policy – increases the quantity of bank reserves and lowers interest rates.  Tools of the Fed: o Changing the reserve requirement o Changing the interest rate paid on reserves deposited at the Fed. o Lending from the discount window o Quantitative easing  Long-Term Expected Real Interest Rate = Long-Term Nominal Interest Rate – Long-Term Expected Inflation Rate  Contractionary Monetary Policy – slows down growth in bank reserves, raises interest rates, reduces borrowing, slows down growth in the money supply, and reduces the rate of inflation.  Federal Funds Rate = Long-run federal funds rate target + 1.5(Inflation rate – inflation rate target) + 0.5(Output gap in percentage points)  Output gap = (GDP – Trend GDP)/Trend GDP 13.3 – Countercyclical Fiscal Policy  Expansionary Fiscal Policy – uses higher government expenditure and lower taxes to increase the growth rate of real GDP.  Contractionary Fiscal Policy – uses lower government expenditure and higher taxes to reduce the growth rate of real GDP.  Automatic Stabilizers – components of the government budget that automatically adjust to smooth out economic fluctuations.  Crowding Out – rising government expenditure partially or even fully displaces expenditures by households and firms.


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