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Why we need GDP growth

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 28, 2019
Last year, the U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.9 per cent — a pretty respectable number, and a likely product of the 2017 tax overhaul. But as the “sugar-high” from those tax cuts wanes, what will the effects…
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Why governments have a hard time changing GDP

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 27, 2017
Economist Marc Levinson says governments can't do much to increase productivity, despite what you've heard.
President Donald Trump has promised to return the American economy to 4 percent annual growth. That would be up from the 2016 U.S. Gross Domestic Product rate of 1.6 percent.
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Consumer spending surged in April. Why?

by Mark Garrison May 31, 2016
Is it pent-up demand or confidence in the economy? Either way, it's surprising.
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Who run the world? GDP.

by Adriene Hill May 30, 2016
But why? Do we put too much emphasis on GDP when evaluating economic health?
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Slower GDP growth reflects global forces

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 29, 2016
The global oil glut and strong U.S. dollar are a drag on U.S. exports and oil production.

How 2 percent GDP growth looks in the real economy

by Tracey Samuelson Dec 22, 2015
Limited investments and some wage increases, but not for everyone.

How economists measure the changing of seasons

by Dan Gorenstein Oct 29, 2015
In figuring out GDP, government economists weigh 'seasonality.'

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How calculating GDP is like making a gravy

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer May 19, 2015
"Reduce it down and get the real essence of flavor," says a Fed economist.

U.S. government releases a second revision of GDP

by Noel King Sep 26, 2014
Nearly every category was up. But growth can be deceptive.
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Why the GDP got revised downward

by , and May 29, 2014
Revised GDP figures showed economic contraction, while other indicators seemed OK.