Why We Won’t Get the Gifts We Want

For this holiday season, economists tell us that gift giving could say more about the giver than what the recipient wants.

A New Way To Measure the GDP

We can identify new GDP facts about size and wellbeing by seeing the GDP through the PPP lens of the International Comparison Program.

An Update: How a House Builds the GDP

A detailed look at how housing spending boosts the GDP reveals every floor of the expense and its significance.

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.

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.…

Where Women Do the Most Unpaid Work

In Beijing, unpaid housework just got a price. Because of their new Civil Code, a Chinese judge decided that a divorce settlement had to include compensation for the former wife. He said that in addition to monthly alimony, she was…

The Economy Inherited by Bush, Obama, and Trump

Characterized by an upswing or a plunge, the economies that George Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump inherited were different.

The Red and Blue States That Select the Same Halloween Candy

Because the people in red and blue states prefer the same Halloween candy, we have one holiday that unites us.

Understanding a Pandemic GDP

Knowing that we “treasure what we measure,” understanding the GDP and a shrinking economy is even more important during a pandemic.

How the Alphabet Will Describe the Recovery

Called an alphabet recovery, the ABC’s of the GDP trajectory after a massive decline can be illustrated through the letters of the alphabet and a Swoosh.