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It’s a Good Time to Brush up on the Basics of Economics

By The Policy Circle Team

Markets swing. Businesses are launched, grown, merged or die. Regulations are issued and rescinded.  City ordinances are voted on.  “It’s Still the Economy, Stupid”.  

Are you able to describe the key tenets that drive the economy? Can you talk about the GDP and marginal tax rates?  Do you know who Adam Smith, or Milton and Rose Friedman are?

And why is it important to know things like this anyway?  

You can be an influencer in your world by speaking confidently about the economy, about what affects people’s behavior, about what sparks entrepreneurship, and what helps or hinders a business to grow to serve its customers and empower its employees to thrive. 

That is why The Policy Circle features the “Ins & Outs of Economics” discussion themes during March and April.  Seven briefs are available on this topic for you to pause and learn by discussing the way our world works.   

The Policy Circle team has curated videos, articles, and research reports for you that cull key facts, talking points, and entrepreneurial perspectives on these policy issues.  

Policy Circle member, Betsie K., sums it up: “I was surprised. I actually enjoyed having my coffee and going through this brief on Economic Growth.”  The briefs are accessible and information is easy to digest.

Think about it. We are busy and rarely have the opportunity to practice discussing abstract concepts and issues. Being part of a Policy Circle roundtable discussion based on a brief gives us a forum to articulate our thoughts, a forum to listen and seek to understand other perspectives, and a forum to practice the language of leaders.

Each brief features a guide to foster discussion at a circle meeting. Here’s what you will find in The Policy Circle library under  “The Ins and Outs of Free-Market Economics” :

Which should you read first?  That’s you and your circle’s choice.  “Free-Enterprise” and “Economic Growth” are foundational and each a good starting point. If taxes are a hot button topic for you and your circle members, read the brief on Taxation. They are designed to be read as “stand alones”. Each brief is built upon the idea that human creativity can flourish in a free-market economy.

The briefs are available anytime to Policy Circle members from your membership portal and are updated annually. Briefs are organized in themes to make it easier to plan discussions.  Share one with nieces, friends or policy makers – who knows what conversations it might spark!

To see the entire “Year of Conversation” curriculum of briefs click here.

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