When it comes to relief, think of the economy as a car tire

Feb 10, 2021
Wendy Edelberg from Brookings evaluates what the Republican and Democratic relief proposals could mean for GDP.
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Keep this in mind when you read Thursday’s GDP report

Oct 28, 2020
The number is going to be “annualized.”
The third-quarter GDP report is expected to show record-breaking growth, but that's not the whole story.
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UK's Johnson moves to suspend Parliament ahead of Brexit

Aug 28, 2019
The timing of the decision took lawmakers by surprise. One called the move "sinister."
BIARRITZ, FRANCE - AUGUST 24: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a press conference in the Bellevue hotel conference room at the conclusion of the G7 summit on August 24, 2019 in Biarritz, France.
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Why we need GDP growth

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 of sub-3 percent growth rates mean for the U.S. economy in the long run? Click […]
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Why governments have a hard time changing GDP

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.

Consumer spending surged in April. Why?

May 31, 2016
Is it pent-up demand or confidence in the economy? Either way, it's surprising.
A Toys'R'Us store in Miami, Florida, 2010. 
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Who run the world? GDP.

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

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

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

How economists measure the changing of seasons

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