Fiscal Policy

Learning Objectives: Assess the efficacy of fiscal stimulus and aggregate demand management.
Lecture handout: Fiscal policy*

Keynesian approaches to aggregate demand management became popular because they were seen to have explained the problem of the Great Depression. My video on the Great Depression explores some of the history, and also have a video looking at The Financial Crisis of 2008-09. The big debate between Keynesian and Hayekian economics was popularised by Russ Roberts and John Papola in the rap battles Fear the Boom and Bust and Fight of the Century.

For some documentaries on the Obama stimulus, see:

Here’s the official website of the Williamson Tunnels and for more on Chinese “ghost towns” you can watch China’s Empty City or read this short World Bank blog post on the Rise of the Chinese Ghost Town. Despite what I say in the lecture,, not all dog rescues are disasters….

Here are some newspaper attempts to explain fiscal implications of tax policy:

Some podcast episodes that I particularly recommend:

Finally, my video on Macro Policy summarises policy makers options. [Macro Policy flashcard]

These resources form part of my Managerial Economics course map. You can watch the full YouTube playlist here. This page ties into Chapter 9 of ‘Markets for Managers’.
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