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Fiscal Policy & Monetary Policy: What’s the Difference?

Fiscal and Monetary Policy thoughts on the difference

Fiscal Policy & Monetary Policy: What’s the Difference? provides middle and high school students with the chance to examine quotes from the news to distinguish the differences between monetary and fiscal policy.

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Related Resources

For more information on monetary and fiscal policy, check out these resources:

Fiscal Policy Online Course for Teachers and Students is an online course that utilizes ECON Lowdown, a Learning Management System brought to you by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In two thought-provoking, interactive lessons, this course teaches students about fiscal policy, the avenue by which Congress and the president attempt to influence the economy.

Fiscal and Monetary Policy Infographic Classroom Activity is a quick activity designed to accompany the Fiscal and Monetary Policy Infographic from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The infographic defines fiscal and monetary policy and highlights their key differences and common goals. The activity uses real-world applications to help students differentiate between the two policies.

Monetary Policy Online Course for Teachers and Students is an online course that utilizes ECON Lowdown, a Learning Management System brought to you by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In this course containing three interactive, thought-provoking lessons, you will learn about monetary policy, the avenue by which the Federal Reserve System attempts to influence the economy.

The Fed Explains Monetary Policy is a video from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta that depicts the Fed's role as lender of last resort and its primary policy tools.

U.S. Monetary Policy: An Introduction provides an introduction to U.S. monetary policy as it is currently conducted by addressing the Feds structure and monetary policy. This resource form the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco also provides an overview of how the nation's monetary policy is formulated and implemented.

Standards Correlations

The content of the lesson, in conjunction with other instruction, can be used to address the following standards:

  • Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics

Content Standard 20: Fiscal and Monetary Policy

National Standards for Financial Literacy

  • Standard V: Financial Investing