Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978


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Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978

Legislation in the United States, enacted in 1978, that sought to curtail the stagflation that marked most of the 1970s. The Act set up four goals for the federal government: full employment, economic growth, balanced budget, and elimination of inflation. It stated that the government preferred private investment to accomplish these goals, but, if it was not forthcoming, then the government could make investments to spur demand and, if necessary, create make-work jobs along the lines of the New Deal. It set goals to be reached by certain dates; for example, it stated that inflation should be 4% by 1983 and 0% by 1988. Critics of the Act maintained that the four goals are different and that it is often impossible to fulfill them all.
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Report submitted to the Congress on July 16, 1991, pursuant to the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978,
Against the background of the members' views on the economic outlook and in keeping with the requirements of the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978 (the Humphrey-Hawkins Act), the Committee reviewed the ranges for growth of the monetary and debt aggregates in 1991 that it had established on a tentative basis in July 1990.
Report submitted to the Congress on July 18, 1990, pursuant to the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978.
Report submitted to the Congress on February 20, 1990, pursuant to the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978.