Macroeconomic Measurement

Where the U.S. Is Shrinking

Whether measuring the height of a mountain or the size of the GDP, we need a similar kind of statistical consistency.

How a House Builds the GDP

The U.S.  Census Bureau has a visualization that shows some of what we use to build a house, how much we spent (as a country), and how many jobs were created during 2018 and 2019. Let’s take a look. Housing-Related…

Renters, Landlords, and the Eviction Moratorium

The eviction moratoriums that affect renters and landlords require tradeoffs from millions of individuals and businesses.

The Basics of the Pandemic Recession

In a circular flow model of our market economy, the outer loop represents the money that moves around the economy while the inner circle takes us to the goods and services that those dollars pay for:   Imagining a Starbucks…

When to Worry About the Weather

Wondering about weather and climate disaster worries, we can look at how the numbers are trending for billion dollar events.

When a Grade Is Like a Price

Looking at grade inflation at colleges and universities, we can ask whether the increase can be compared to prices.

6 Facts about China’s One, Two, Three-Child Policy

When we look at China’s child policies, changing from one to two to three, we see an impact on babies, boys, and the elderly.

Inflation Clues From Sticky Prices

To solve the mystery created by the inflation worries that are in the news, we can look at sticky and flexible prices.

What We Can Learn From a Gnome Shortage

At home because of Covid, many of us have been busy in our backyards. We’ve needed more seeds, tools, and gnomes. And that is the problem. At one garden center in the U.K., they’ve not seen a gnome for six…

How to Select the Best Countries

Instead of collecting a massive volume of statistics, iU.S. News uses people’s perceptions to rank the world’s 78 best countries.