# What is the cyclically adjusted budget deficit or surplus?

## What is the cyclically adjusted budget deficit or surplus?

A cyclically adjusted surplus is a budget surplus caused by a growing economy rather than fiscal policies such as decreasing discretionary spending or increasing the tax rates.

## Why governments calculate the cyclically adjusted budget balance?

Economists use the cyclically adjusted budget to evaluate the expected influence of any change in tax or spending policies on economic growth. They begin by determining what the budget deficit or surplus would be if the economy is at full-employment or long-term equilibrium.

What does it mean if the government is cyclically balancing the budget?

A cyclically balanced budget is a budget that is not necessarily balanced year-to-year, but is balanced over the economic cycle, running a surplus in boom years and running a deficit in lean years, with these offsetting over time.

### What is cyclically adjusted deficit?

A cyclically adjusted deficit is a budget deficit caused by a slowing economy rather than fiscal policies such as increasing discretionary spending or decreasing the tax rates.

### What is the cyclically adjusted deficit?

When the government runs a budget deficit?

When the federal government spends more money than it receives in taxes in a given year, it runs a budget deficit. Conversely, when the government receives more money in taxes than it spends in a year, it runs a budget surplus. If government spending and taxes are equal, it is said to have a balanced budget.

## Why is balancing the budget important?

A balanced budget occurs when your income is equal to or greater than your expenses. Balanced budgets are important because they help you minimize debt and live within your means. Many countries also use a balanced budget to help maintain a healthy economy and prevent their debt from growing too large.

## How do you find cyclical deficit?

Subtract “R” from the federal budget deficit to obtain the cyclically-adjusted budget deficit. If you are analyzing state-level budget deficits, subtract both “R” and “U” from the state budget deficit to obtain the cyclically-adjusted budget deficit on the state level.