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China Overtakes US, Largest Economy In World

China Overtakes US, Largest Economy In World
In April, the World Bank’s International Comparison Program said that China is poised to overtake the US as the world’s biggest economy earlier than expected, possibly as soon as this year, using calculations that are based on so-called purchasing power parity (PPP). That prediction has come true. According to the International Monetary Fund’s latest World Economic Outlook, China’s GDP is worth $17.6 trillion, while ... Read more

Stagnation: You Can’t Feed A Family With G.D.P.

Stagnation: You Can’t Feed A Family With G.D.P.
By Neil Irwin New York Times, September 16, 2014 The most important thing to know about the state of the United States economy was revealed in a report Tuesday morning that Wall Street barely noticed. Every year, the Census Bureau delivers a sweeping set of numbers that give the richest annual picture of how much Americans are making, how many are living in poverty, and how many have access to health insurance. The numbers are ... Read more

The Real ‘Real’ GDP

The Real ‘Real’ GDP
This past Friday, May 30, 2014, the US government released its revised estimates for the first quarter 2014 US Gross Domestic Product. The initial April estimate of GDP for the first quarter showed the US economy stagnating, at only a 0.1% growth rate. Last week’s revised data showed, however, a significant further downward revision of first quarter GDP to a negative -1.0% growth, i.e. a contraction. Politicians and analysts had initially ... Read more

We Deserve a Better Indicator of Societal Well-Being Than the GDP

We Deserve a Better Indicator of Societal Well-Being Than the GDP
Governments, media and much of the public are preoccupied with the economy. That means demands such as those for recognition of First Nations treaty rights and environmental protection are often seen as impediments to the goal of maintaining economic growth. The gross domestic product has become a sacred indicator of well-being. Ask corporate CEOs and politicians how they did last year and they’ll refer to the rise or fall of the GDP. Read more

U.S. Economy Slowed Sharply in First Half of 2011

Sluggish second quarter follows near stagnant first. By Peter Fulham Slate July 29, 2011   The U.S. economy suffered another quarter of sluggish economic growth from April to June, growing a mere 1.3 percent, according to a Commerce Department report released Friday. The numbers present the latest sign that high gas prices, high unemployment and meager income gains this year continue to slow down growth. The disappointing report also ... Read more