This article from The Atlantic explains how a federal government shutdown would effect the housing market, the financial markets, federal employees, social services, energy, taxes, and the DC area in general.
Would a federal government shutdown harm the still-fragile U.S. economy? A shutdown will be in effect starting Friday night if Congress can’t agree on a budget. Of course, the longer the government is shut down, the more devastation it could cause. At this point, however, many experts are predicting a short shutdown, possibly lasting just a few days. If the federal government was closed for weeks or months, then the economic impact could be significant across a variety of sectors and would be felt by most Americans. But how would the economy handle a shutdown of just a few days?