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The Economist Guide to Economic Indicators: Making Sense of Economics

ISBN: 978-0-471-24837-8
224 pages
January 2005
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A blueprint for understanding and interpreting essential economic information

From the publishers of The Economist, the renowned international business weekly, this practical resource offers a detailed road map of all the major—and many of the less well-known—economic indicators in existence today. Explaining exactly what they are, why they are significant, how reliable they are, and—perhaps, most importantly—how to interpret them, it covers over 100 indicators, including:

  • GDP
  • Population, employment, unemployment
  • Public expenditure
  • Personal and disposable income
  • Fixed investments
  • Imports and exports
  • Nominal exchange rates
  • Money supply and money stock
  • Wages, earnings, and labor costs.

Clearly organized, accurate, and accessible, The Economist Guide to Economic Indicators is an indispensible reference for understanding key economic data from around the world.

Success in today's global business environment requires a thorough knowledge of important economic figures and a firm grasp of their meaning. Now, The Economist Guide to Economic Indicators provides you with a detailed road map of all the major—and many of the less well-known—indicators that exist worldwide.

Economic indicators provide invaluable insights into how different economies and different markets are performing, enabling practitioners to adjust their investment strategies in order to achieve the best return. However, in order to make the right decisions, you must know how to interpret the relevant indicators. The Economist Guide to Economic Indicators enables you to read—and use—indicators accurately and effectively.

Covering approximately 100 indicators—including GDP, population, exchange rates, disposable income, public expenditure, and bond yields—this practical resource explains exactly what they are, why they are significant, where and when they're published, and how reliable they are. Perhaps most importantly, the Guide shows you how to interpret these indicators correctly, providing straightforward guidelines through which you can distill such vital information as start and end points for changes, inflational influences, time frames, and yardsticks for judging future trends.

Organized to highlight linkages and aid interpretation, and incorporating data for the fifteen largest industrial countries, this concise, accessible guide is essential for anyone eager to be brought up to speed on these key economic measurements.

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List of  Tables.

List of Figures.

1. Interpreting Economic Indicators.

2. Essential Mechanics.

3. Measuring Economic Activity.

4. Growth: Trends and Cycles.

5. Population, Employment and Unemployment.

6. Fiscal Indicators.

7. Consumers.

8. Investment and Savings.

9. Industry and Commerce.

10. The Balance of Payments.

11. Exchange Rates.

12. Money and Financial Markets.

13. Prices and Wages.


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THE ECONOMIST, launched in 1843, is the most authoritative and influential international news and business magazine, and is widely read by top decision makers across the world.
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