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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Monetary Policy

Involves the use of interest rates (see Word of the Day) and quantitative easing (changes to the money supply) to achieve the government's policy objectives. Expansionary monetary policy involves decreasing interest rates and increasing the money supply to increase AD and contractionary monetary policy is the opposite; interest rates are increased to deflate the economy and reduce AD.

Monetary policy is set by the Monetary Policy Committe (MPC) who have meetings every first Thursday of each month to set interest rates. The MPC has 9 members, if you want to find out more, click here.

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