Economic Lowdown

By Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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The Economic Lowdown podcast series is produced by the Economic Education department of the St. Louis Fed for high school and college students. The series covers topics in economics, banking and monetary policy. The podcasts use clear, simple language to describe the economic concepts presented. In the end, students see how economic principles affect the choices they make in their everyday lives.
In this podcast
July 18, 2017
“Recession” is one of the scariest words in economics. The loss of jobs and income can have lasting impacts on people’s lives. How does the economy get back on track when it’s off course? In this episode, learn about how the government uses fiscal policy to influence the economy.
June 16, 2017
In this episode of the Economic Lowdown podcast series, you’ll learn about how the Federal Reserve uses monetary policy to influence the economy.
March 31, 2017
This episode of The Economic Lowdown podcast series describes how businesses consider costs when making decisions – including about whether to shut down.
March 14, 2016
Economists use the term business cycle to describe the ups and downs, or fluctuations, in an economy.
April 3, 2015
Elasticity is a measure of how sensitive, or responsive, consumers are to a change in price.
March 25, 2015
This episode of The Economic Lowdown defines the characteristics of private and public goods and explains why these characteristics help determine who is best positioned to produce each.
Sept. 10, 2014
In this episode of The Economic Lowdown Podcast Series, we'll take a look at economic growth—how innovation and technological progress can make things happen for the economy over time.
Sept. 9, 2014
In this episode of The Economic Lowdown Podcast Series, you will learn how inflation influences the real return on your deposits, and why price stability—a responsibility of the Federal Reserve System—is important.
April 3, 2014
In this Economic Lowdown podcast, hear what GDP measures, how it is useful in determining whether and how quickly the economy is growing, and how GDP can be used as indicator of standard of living.
Oct. 22, 2012
Prices send signals and provide incentives for buyers and sellers in ways you possibly never thought about. In a market economy, price signals prevent massive shortages and ensure that consumer wants are largely satisfied. In this podcast, hear how price signals from gas prices influence decision-making for both a father of three and a production supervisor for an oil refinery.

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