Note: This is post #124 in a weekly video series on basic economics.
What is fiscal policy? As economist Tyler Cowen explains, it’s a government’s policies on taxes, spending, and borrowing. But how it’s practiced is a little more complicated. Fiscal policy can be used in an effort to mitigate fluctuations in the business cycle so as to soften the effects of booms and busts.
In this video by Marginal Revolution University, Cowen discusses expansionary fiscal policy and explains the “fiscal multiplier.” Cowen also shows why fiscal policy doesn’t always work as intended.
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