Stimulus criteria


A variety of criteria should be used when evaluating proposals to stimulate the economy: 

  • Policymakers should promote programs that are well-targeted to those most in need. 
  • They should prioritize relief programs that can be implemented quickly and generate the most new economic activity. 
  • Proposals should create or preserve jobs in the near term and accelerate investments with great benefits to society. 
  • The consequences of inaction, the effects on the long-term economic growth and debt, and consistency with long-term policy goals should also be considered.