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ISBN: 9781305971509
Chapter 23.1, Problem 1QQ
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Explain why monetary and fiscal policies work with a lag. Why do these lags matter in the choice between active and passive policy?

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Lags in the effect of monetary and fiscal policies.

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Monetary policy affects aggregate demand primarily by changing interest rates. However, mostly households and firms set their spending plans in advance and as a result, there is time lag for changes in interest rate to alter the aggregate demand for goods and services. Also, the fiscal policy works with a lag since they are slowed by long political processes that govern changes in spending and taxes...

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