Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Economic Quiz
Alan Greenspan for a Day
1) As Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, one of your primary concerns is influencing the rate of inflation. The rate of inflation is best described as: A persistent increase in the ...
prime interest rate
overall level of prices
demand for bank loans
2) As Chairman, you should be most concerned about which one of the following circumstances leading to rapid inflation?
Low government spending
3) You worry that the rate of inflation in the economy is increasing too quickly. In order to lower the rate of inflation, the Federal Reserve must decrease the rate of growth of bank reserves (or, more technically, the monetary base). Which of the following policy actions would you suggest to decrease the rate of growth of bank reserves?
Raise mortgage rates
Sell a few thousand shares of Microsoft
Buy government securities
Sell government securities
4) You have decreased the rate of growth of bank reserves to slow inflation. Which of the following effects on interest rates would you expect your decision to have?
Interest rates will go up.
Interest rates will go down.
There will be no effect on interest rates.
The Federal Reserve directly sets interest rates.
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Economic quiz written by: Kristina Johnson - September 2003
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