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Episode 1: Federal Debt

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Ryan Bourne
Ryan Bourne

R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics, Cato Institute

Explore the U.S. federal debt problem with economist Ryan Bourne in episode one of our Fundamentals of Economics video series. In this video, Bourne breaks down the federal deficit, national debt, and what’s causing the longer‐​term problem. Designed for high school students, this video may be utilized to spark conversation in conjunction with an AP economics class or as part of our lesson, The Causes of the National Debt and Its Implications for Future Generations.

Discussion question suggestions:

  1. What is the national debt and what factors are contributing to its rise?
  2. What are the potential implications of the federal debt problem for the future of the economy? What does Bourne suggest as potential reforms?

Related Lesson: The Causes of the National Debt and Its Implications for Future Generations