Macroeconomic Measurement

Where Housing Prices Are Going Through the Roof

Whether looking at lumber or houses, we see a housing boom that is an example of classic supply and demand.

What Your Car Says About You and Your Neighborhood

If we want to know neighborhood characteristics about income, education, and even politics, we just need to know its cars.

What We Can Learn From Used Car Prices

Some economists are asking if the increase in used car prices is an indicator of the path that future inflation will take.

A Goldilocks Look at the U.S. Debt

How to decide if adding $4 trillion (or so) to the U.S. debt is too much, too little, or just right? We can start with ourselves and ask if $200,000 is a lot to borrow when you buy a home.…

Why College Tuitions Are Up and Other Prices Are Down

It’s tough to find a real “list price” for a college tuition. According to NY Times money columnist Ron Lieber, the price charged by one school can vary considerably. Sort of like we all pay a different fare for the…

Grading Global Economic Health

Last month, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its Global Competitiveness Report. The topics are broad and the questions are varied. Based on Executive Opinion Surveys from 126 economies, the answers are supposed to provide insight about short and long…

What a Disaster Can Cost Us

Looking at the past, we can plan for the future by being able to quantify disaster costs that range from hurricanes to drought.

How Covid Changed The Cost of Living

Changing the worldwide cost of living is one of the countless ways that the pandemic has impacted our daily lives.

6 Facts: The Pandemic Economy

Through six facts we can compare the pandemic economy to the past, see its current state, and look to the future.

How Our Tweets Reflect Our Happiness

Through more than 10,000 happy and sad words in tweets, the Computational Story Lab hedonometer has been measuring happiness everyday.