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### on the FRED website where do i find definitions of the variables they give charts of?

eg M3? how can we see precisely how it is defined, measured? https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/MABMM301USM189S?fbclid=IwAR1lwaCbKUX16L1meOk6iZvloYOW0F7pIjmq9I4sb5VfvhhLhj8lsVTlpxg
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### When does increasing government spending lead to economic growth and when does it lead to stagflation?

Obviously increasing government spending endlessly will lead to inflation. What I ask is: when can an increase in government spending, when the economy is in a recession, lead to economic growth ...
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### Can we make any general statements about the impact of a single-payer healthcare system on an economy?

The topic of single-payer healthcare is enjoying a moment in the limelight in the US. A significant chunk of the population supports such a system, and more than a few presidential candidates have ...
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### Dataset including decentralization of infrastructure spending?

Does anyone know if there exists a dataset of many countries (preferably developing countries and preferably with a time series) including the amount of spending on infrastructure by local government ...
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### Does Medicaid or Medicare represent a higher risk to the Federal Government Solvency and Debt going forward?

I'm trying to understand not only which program is expected to be larger in terms of costs, but which one has the least capacity to adjust (reduce benefits if revenues for the program fall).
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### Empirically checking efficiency and equity

I am aware that because of externalities or public goods (or for other reasons) there can be no allocative efficiency on the market. I am also aware that policy makers' subjective judgement of the ...
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### Why salaries counted under Government expenditure in GDP

In the expenditure approach of GDP calculation, why are government employee's salary counted under Government approach while for private firms, we don't count salaries. I am unable to understand if ...
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### When the Central Bank sells a bond, where does the money go ultimately?

As the accepted answer points out, the premise of my question was flawed. Thank you for the dispelling of my wrong assumptions. The original question follows. There are two related questions (and ...
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### Where do public savings go?

In Mankinw's Macroeconomics, he mentions that public and private savings form national saving, which ends up in the financial sector, which then people and firms use to purchase investment goods. But ...
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### How do government purchases crowd out the private sector?

I am curious about how government purchases crowd out the private sector (if it does). If we look at a graph of the composition of US GDP, it seems that government purchases and investment are ...
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### Military expenditure over time

The following graph from the world bank website shows the world wide military expenditure in percentage of the world GDP over time from 1988 to 2015 I am trying to find similar data over a much ...
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### How does government spending on imported goods affect GDP?

How does government spending on imported goods affect GDP? Is it first counted as government spending and then subtracted as imports? For instance, if the US government buy a new accounting system ...
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### Does immigration help to sustain welfare in rich European countries?

There is a lot of discussions about immigration and its effect on economies lately in Europe, so I'd like to ask a question. Is it true that immigration helps to sustain welfare in rich European ...
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### Why did the Greek-bailouts 'Fail' vs Portuguese' Succeed?

Greece has required several bail-outs and is on the brink of falling back into recession. The Portugese economy has seemingly recovered. Why has recovery gone so well in Portugal but failed ...
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### 1929 stock market crash and unemployment rate

Thomas Sowell has repeatedly made the case that government intervention is largely responsible for the Great Depression. For example, he notes what happened with the unemployment rate in the months ...
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### Causes of recent UK Deficit

In 2008 the UK deficit was around £10Bn - in 2010 it had reached around £100Bn. I realise this was due to the "global recession" but exactly why did the deficit grow so much? My understanding is the ...
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### How much does a public sector pay rise actually cost the UK government?

This is something that's in the UK news at the moment. Public sector workers have experienced a 1% annual cap on pay increase since 2013. Government ministers are appearing on TV saying that they don'...
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### Tax by inflation

I am interested in a system where the state prints new money to cover all its expenses. (There is no direct tax collection.) I'm interested in anything you might have to say about this system, but to ...
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### Why do we model that higher government involvement increases output?

I have just read about the "real intertemporal" model of a macroeconomy in Macroeconomics by Stephen Williamson. I am concerned about how it says any increase in government spending, even if it is ...
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### What are the main long-standing Keynesian economic programmes in Western nations?

Much of US military spending is more easily rationalised as a job-creating programme than a form of defence, e.g. vehicles Congress funds despite Pentagon insisting it doesn't need or want them or ...
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### How much does a person donate to charity unintentionally [closed]

I am wondering if it's possible to estimate what percentage of a person's salary ends up in a charity even if that person never donates? I am not an economists and I am not sure if that is a valid ...
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### The perception of the effects of government spending within the political world

Econ 101 teaches that government spending comes with a multiplier effect, yet whenever anyone in an election wishes to raise the size of government by even 0.5%, the right starts screaming the world ...