Making Sense of the National Debt (Page One Economics)

The current total national debt is over $22 trillion—and growing—with no reduction in sight. How much debt is too much? Are there risks from too much debt? The November 2019 issue of Page One Economics® addresses these questions and how government debt differs from household debt.

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Education Level: 9-12 College Non-educators
Subjects: AP Economics Economics Civics/Government
Concepts: Deficit Fiscal Policy Role of Government
Resource Types: Publication Lesson
Languages: English