AP Macroeconomics : How to find economic growth

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Macroeconomics

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : How To Find Economic Growth

In order, the four phases of the business cycle are:

Possible Answers:

expansion, contraction, peak, and trough

peak, contraction, expansion, and trough

expansion, peak, contraction, and trough

contraction, expansion, peak, and trough

Correct answer:

expansion, peak, contraction, and trough


The four phases of the business cycle are expansion, peak, contraction, and trough. Real GDP growth is positive during an expansion, followed by a point at which real GDP growth peaks, then begins to decline during a contraction, and finally a bottoming out at the point of the trough. Each of the other answer choices represents a distortion of this order.

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