Teaching with the Debt Fixer: An Interactive Online Tool to Manage the National Debt

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Over the past decade, there has been a rapid rise in the U.S. federal debt, exacerbated by increased federal spending and lowered federal taxes. These policy decisions have driven the U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio over 100%, an unprecedented level that may serve to stifle future economic growth. Our paper analyzes the Debt Fixer, a tool that allows students to easily examine policy proposals regarding federal spending and taxation and their effects on debt levels. The tool provides educators with a simple and impactful method of engaging students with a meaningful understanding of the balance between federal spending and taxation programs.

Daniel M. Settlage and Jim R. Wollscheid