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Fiscal Challenge: An Experiential Exercise in Policy Making

Mike Aguilar and Daniel Soques ()

The Journal of Economic Education, 2015, vol. 46, issue 3, 285-299

Abstract: In this article, the authors introduce a pedagogical innovation that is designed to enhance students' understanding of fiscal policy in general, and the national debt and deficit in particular. The innovation leverages the educational advantages offered through a competitive environment by pitting teams of students against one another with the goal of devising the best plan to put the United States on a sustainable fiscal path. The current incarnation of the competition, which is referred to as the Fiscal Challenge, confronts the students with the specific task of stabilizing the U.S. Federal Debt-to-GDP ratio. The Fiscal Challenge currently is being implemented as a nationwide, inter-university, extracurricular activity; however, it can easily be customized to fit within a traditional classroom setting.

Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2015.1040179

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