Posted: April 26th, 2022
You are an independent business economist. The Reserve Bank of Australia and the Commonwealth Government of Australia have approached you for your recommendations on whether the various grants from the federal government as economic responses to COVID-19 would help revive the Australian economy.
You are required to mention all the grants. Assess in detail at least four federal government grants. Compare these with similar grants offered in another country (which you may choose). You can obtain the information from official or academic sources; a few of them are mentioned below. You should obtain information from other sources in addition to the ones stated below.
(a) Australian Bureau of Statistics
(b) Reserve Bank of Australia
(c) Multinational agencies (e.g. the World Bank, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, or the OECD).
Executive summary (250 words): (5 marks)
This section should include your essential findings and your key recommendations.
Macroeconomic performance (1,500 words): (25 marks)
a) Explain the current state of the Australian economy. Analyse how the growth of the Australian economy has been affected by COVID-19. Analyse the impact of the four federal grants (you have chosen) on the performance of the Australian economy. Use relevant statistical data, graphs and diagrams to support your arguments. (10 marks)
b) Explain whether your chosen country has similar grants. Compare and contrast whether Australia and your chosen country have benefitted from grants. Explain whether or not the grants have affected aggregate demand and aggregate supply in Australia. Use relevant statistical data, graphs and diagrams to support your arguments. (15 marks)
Conclusions and Recommendations (750 words): (10 marks) What further recommendations would improve Australian economic growth, using the macroeconomic concepts covered in this course? These recommendations should be in addition to what has been discussed and should demonstrate your understanding of macroeconomic concepts.
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