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Who's it for?
This unit of our AP Macroeconomics Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the government's economic policies. There is no faster or easier way to learn about fiscal and monetary policies. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about Keynesian economics, fiscal policy tools, monetary policy strategies and automatic stabilizers in the economy.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a macroeconomics curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a fiscal and monetary policies unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Fiscal and Monetary Policies Unit Objectives:
- Explore the impact of John Maynard Keynes on economic policy.
- Examine how economic policies are used to stabilize the business cycle.
- Identify basic fiscal policy tools.
- Learn how fiscal policy can impact aggregate demand and the GDP.
- Distinguish between expansionary and contractionary fiscal policies.
- Discover how fiscal policy changes can affect unemployment.
- Understand what a progressive tax code is and its economic effects.
- List examples of automatic stabilizers in the economy.
- Examine the Keynesian model of economic growth.
- Recognize the functions of expansionary and contractionary monetary policies.
- Understand the role of timing in monetary and fiscal policy decisions.
- Explore how supply-side economics favors different types of monetary and fiscal policies.
- Learn about Keynes' approach to handling short-term growth and national debt reduction.
- Discover what a contractionary gap is and how it is measured.
- Recognize the economic effects of an expansionary gap.
- Understand how contractionary and expansionary gaps in the economy are approached using monetary and fiscal policies.
1. Fiscal Policy: The Keynesian Revolution
In this lesson, you'll learn how the government uses stabilization policy to smooth out the ups and downs of the business cycles. In stark opposition to the Classical approach, this Keynesian approach favors taking immediate action to stabilize a troubled economy.
2. Fiscal Policy Tools: Government Spending and Taxes
Discover the three main tools the government uses to address recessionary and inflationary economies - what economists call fiscal policy. Find out how these tools are used to help the economy in different situations.
3. Expansionary Fiscal Policy and Aggregate Demand
In the 21st century, the realities of a recessionary economy are more vivid than many of us would probably like. In this lesson, you'll learn how the government uses expansionary policy to offset recessionary gaps using real-world examples.
4. Contractionary Fiscal Policy and Aggregate Demand
This lesson examines how fiscal authorities use contractionary fiscal policy to slow down the economy and defeat the enemy called inflation. Find out what fiscal tools the federal authorities can use to contract the economy.
5. Fiscal Policy and the Effects on Unemployment
Review what fiscal policy is and how the two key components of fiscal policy can be used to influence unemployment. Find out when and how fiscal policy can be used and why it is so important.
6. Understanding the Progressive Tax Code
In this lesson, learn what a progressive tax code is, how to recognize it, and what the alternatives are. Then, learn the differences between the three tax codes: progressive, regressive and proportional. Finally, learn how sales tax would impact progressivity.
7. Automatic Stabilizers in Economics: Definition & Examples
Watch this lesson to learn about the features that are built into the tax code and the government's budget that help offset declines in aggregate demand during recessions. Referred to as automatic stabilizers, they also address the needs of individuals facing hard times.
8. Expansionary Monetary Policy: Helping the Economy Grow
In this lesson, you'll learn how the central bank helps the economy grow during recessions by increasing the size of the money supply. An overview of the three tools of monetary policy are included as well as the reasons why monetary policy leads to higher economic output.
9. Contractionary Monetary Policy: Slowing the Economy Down
In this lesson, you'll find out more about the central bank's efforts to deal with an overheating economy, what economists call 'contractionary monetary policy.'
10. The Importance of Timing in Fiscal and Monetary Policy Decisions
In this lesson, discover four different types of policy lags that occur when fiscal and monetary authorities take action in attempt to influence economic output. Find out which policy has less of a time lag.
11. Supply-Side Economics in Fiscal and Monetary Policy
This lesson explains what supply-side economics is, where it started, and how economists illustrate it. It provides a basic overview of the still-controversial theory that was popularized by President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s.
12. Short-Term GDP and National Debt: Keynes' Theory
Discover the tension fiscal authorities face between the two equally rewarding goals of reducing the national debt and maintaining a growing economy in the short term. This lesson explains the tension from the Keynesian point of view.
13. What is a Contractionary Gap? - Identifying an Economy That is Below Potential
In this lesson, you'll discover what a contractionary gap is with a real world example. In addition, you'll learn how economists illustrate it, so you can easily recognize it.
14. Calculating the Size of a Contractionary Gap
Sometimes the economy's actual production is below its potential, and in this lesson, you'll learn how to calculate the gap between the two, something economists call 'a contractionary gap.'
15. What is an Expansionary Gap? - Identifying an Economy That is Above Potential
In this lesson, you'll find out what an expansionary gap is, how economists illustrate it, and how to easily identify an economy that is growing above its long-run potential. In addition, you'll discover the unintended consequence that comes with expansionary gaps.
16. Calculating the Size of an Expansionary Gap
This lesson will teach you how to estimate the size of an expansionary gap by calculating the difference between actual economic output and potential economic output. The task of knowing the size of an expansionary gap is critical for economists and government leaders who want to attempt to eliminate it so they can help smooth out the business cycle.
17. Managing the Economy with Fiscal and Monetary Policies
Learn what fiscal and monetary policy are and how they are used to manage the economy. Find out the goals of these policies and some of the tools that each use to help you find a job and influence the amount of money in your pocket.
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