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User's Guide and Spreadsheets for Choosing the Nation's Fiscal Future

Mark David Menchik

This guide offers supporting materials to permit analysts to use, update, and extend the quantitative long-term budget analyses conducted for Choosing the Nationís Fiscal Future, the report of a committee of the National Research Council and the National Academy of Public Administration. The report and its appendixes are available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12808.

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User's Guide for the spreadsheets of the study Choosing the Nation's Fiscal Future

Text that briefly describes the construction, use, updating, and extension of the study spreadsheets that follow.
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Baseline estimation spreadsheet

Spreadsheet that estimates the study's approximately 10- and 75-year budget baselines.
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Baseline display spreadsheet

Paralleling the four spreadsheets below, this spreadsheet projects and displays the federal budget assuming that spending and revenues follow the baseline.
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Spreadsheet for the "low" path

Projects and displays the study's illustrative, sustainable path of "low" spending and revenues.
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Spreadsheet for the "intermediate-1" path

The first illustrative "intermediate" path.
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Spreadsheet for the "intermediate-2" path

The second illustrative "intermediate" path.
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Spreadsheet for the "high" path

The study's illustrative, sustainable path of "high" spending and revenues.
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