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From the Ted Talk by Richard Coffin: What causes an economic recession?

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But some recessions _____ in times of economic prosperity— possibly even because of ________ prosperity. Some economists believe that ________ activity from a market’s expansion can occasionally _____ an unsustainable level. For example, corporations and consumers may borrow more money with the assumption that economic ______ will help them ______ the added burden. But if the economy doesn’t grow as quickly as expected, they may end up with more debt than they can manage. To pay it off, they’ll have to redirect funds from other activities, reducing business activity.

Solution

  1. business
  2. economic
  3. growth
  4. reach
  5. handle
  6. occur

Original Text

But some recessions occur in times of economic prosperity— possibly even because of economic prosperity. Some economists believe that business activity from a market’s expansion can occasionally reach an unsustainable level. For example, corporations and consumers may borrow more money with the assumption that economic growth will help them handle the added burden. But if the economy doesn’t grow as quickly as expected, they may end up with more debt than they can manage. To pay it off, they’ll have to redirect funds from other activities, reducing business activity.

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