write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

Economists agree that increasing aggregate demand is the most expedient way to get the country out of a recession.

Part 1: Define what is happening in the economy when a country is in an expansionary mode, a recession, and a depression. Which economic indicators do we monitor to ascertain where the economy is in the business cycle.

Part 2: As an economic advisor to the president, suggest 4 ways to increase aggregate demand using the following economic concepts. Make sure you answer in the context of the equation for GDP. All creative ideas are welcome!

  • The marginal propensity to consume
  • Return on investment and the interest rate
  • Fiscal policy, including government spending and taxation
  • The multiplier


What is the difference between supply-side and demand-side economics? How do the above concepts fit into these definitions? Which do you agree with most as a solution to stimulating growth, and why

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