description of the state of the us economy and analysis of economic policies

1.Description of the state of the US economy.

1.1Describe the state of the US Economy for the years between 2006 and now in terms of the macroeconomic measures discussed in the course (GDP, unemployment, and inflation rates).

-Gather annual raw data from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) (, Bureau of Labor Statistics (, Bureau of Economic Analysis (, or other government agencies and departments and

-Use tables, graphs, and charts to present the data. The tables, graphs, and charts must be your own creation. Don’t copy and paste from an external source

1.2 As you will notice from your data analysis, the economy passes through different phases and turns.

-Describe what the data tell you identifying times of economic expansion, contraction, peak, and trough.

-Discuss the implications of a given state (for example, recession) in terms of households, businesses, and the entire society as a whole. Share your thoughts why it is important for you to understand the different states through which the economy passes. Share personal examples and experiences.

2.Analysis of economic policies

2.1In your analysis of the macroeconomic data, you will notice that the U.S. economy passed through a major recession. Based on research, discuss the underlying causes of the recession. Identify Monetary and Fiscal policies implemented by the Federal Reserve and the government to deal with the recession.

2.2Evaluate the expected and actual effects of each policy. Your response needs to include the name of the policy, description of the policy, the year it is implemented, and discussion of expected and actual outcomes in terms of the GDP, unemployment and inflation rates.

2.3Based on your response for item 2.2 and after close observation of the Classical and Keynesian perspectives discussed in the course, share your position on the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policies to deal with recession or inflation.

2.4As part of the economy, each of us will be affected by the state of the economy and the actions policy makers take to stabilize or advance it. Conclude by sharing why understanding these actions and outcomes matter to you as an individual who is part of the economic system. How do they affect the society/economy? What could be done differently? Share personal examples and experiences.

3.General Guidelines:

  • Paper must be 900 – 1000 words long, typewritten, double-spaced, with 1” margins and 12pt. Times New Roman font. The paper must be written in essay format, using standard written English with a clear introduction and conclusion.
  • You must use at least 4 credible sources to support your ideas (avoid sites such as Wikipedia, Investopedia, EHow, yahoo answers, etc. You can contact me or a librarian if you are not sure about the credibility a source)
  • You must use APA-formatted in-text citations (It is important that you identify all items directly copied or paraphrased from other sources. Read DCCCD’s policy on plagiarism)
  • You must include a reference/works cited page
  • This is a research paper
    • limit personal opinions on the issues except when asked
    • Do not copy and paste basic definitions of concepts and descriptions of theories from the text or other sources. – show the applications of these concepts in the real world by focusing on items listed in the instruction
    • The major portion of the paper needs to be written in your own words
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