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The Weekend Quiz – June 5-6, 2021

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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. Central bankers are talking about retaining quantitative easing to ease the aggregate demand losses associated with the implementation of withdrawal of fiscal stimulus programs. If calibrated correctly, QE can replace the net financial assets destroyed by the withdrawal of the fiscal injection.TrueFalse2. If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing, then the profit share in GDP remains constant.TrueFalse3. The government is attempting to

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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.

The Weekend Quiz – June 5-6, 2021

1. Central bankers are talking about retaining quantitative easing to ease the aggregate demand losses associated with the implementation of withdrawal of fiscal stimulus programs. If calibrated correctly, QE can replace the net financial assets destroyed by the withdrawal of the fiscal injection.



2. If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing, then the profit share in GDP remains constant.



3. The government is attempting to stimulate the economy via an expansion in the fiscal deficit. The private market orientated advisors tell them to cut taxes and "privatise" the expansion whereas the more civic-minded advisors argue that there is a need for improved public infrastructure which requires increases in government spending. So imagine that the government is choosing between a tax cut that will reduce tax revenue at the current level of national income by $x and a spending increase of $x. Which policy option will have the greater initial impact on aggregate demand?







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Bill Mitchell is a Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. He is also a professional musician and plays guitar with the Melbourne Reggae-Dub band – Pressure Drop. The band was popular around the live music scene in Melbourne in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The band reformed in late 2010.

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