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Guide to economic indicators
Frumkin, Norman.
Personal Author:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [2000]

Physical Description:
xviii, 328 pages ; 23 cm

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HC103 .F9 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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A resource of over 70 statistical indicators of the U.S. economy, including the Consumer Price Index, Gross Domestic Product, unemployment, housing starts, interest rates, and balance of payments. Ten more indicators have been added to those in the previous edition.

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This useful and handy reference to more than 45 economic indicators that are widely used by both government and private economists is more than just a dictionary description of the various indicators. It contains a lengthy discussion of the availability, content, methodology, accuracy, and relevance for each of the indicator variables. Frumkin also reports on recent trends in the time-series history of the indicators and provides selected primary data sources. Not all indicators are examined to the same degree, however, reflecting their differential importance to economists and business professionals. Although this book clearly describes the nature of the various indicators, its usefulness would have been enhanced if the author had included a section explaining how they can be used to forecast economic activity or future business conditions. Especially lacking is a discussion of how sets of these indicators can be used to generate a composite picture of the economy. Nevertheless, this volume is a valuable resource for academic, corporate, and public libraries seeking a one-volume reference to the various statistical measures calculated by the government to assess the economy. It provides a concise overview of the essential nature of these critical economic indicators as well as a source of primary access to the data. S. P. Ferris; University of Missouri--Columbia

Table of Contents

Tables, Formulas, and Figure
Data Sharing and Confidentiality of Federal Government Statistical Data
Using this Book
1 Average Weekly Earnings
2 Average Weekly Hours
3 Balance of Payments
4 Balance of Trade
5 Bank Loans: Commercial and Industrial
6 Bankruptcies: Personal
7 Capacity Utilization
8 Consumer Attitude Indexes
9 Consumer Credit
10 Consumer Credit Delinquency
11 Consumer Price Index
12 Corporate Profits
13 Distribution of Income
14 Distribution of Wealth
15 Employment
16 Employment Cost Index
17 Farm Parity Ratio
18 GDP Price Measures
19 Government Economic Transactions: Expenditures, Receipts, Surplus/Deficit
20 Gross Domestic Product
21 Help-Wanted Advertising Index
22 Home Sales: New and Existing Houses
23 House Prices: New and Existing Houses
24 Housing Affordability Index
25 Housing Starts
26 Housing Vacancy Rate
27 Import and Export Price Indexes
28 Industrial Production Index
29 Interest Rates
30 International Investment Position of the United States
31 Inventory--Sales Ratios
32 Job Gains and Losses
33 Job Openings and Labor Turnover
34 Leading, Coincident, and Lagging Indexes
35 Manufacturers' Orders
36 Mortgage Loan Applications
37 Mortgage Delinquency and Foreclosure
38 Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index
39 PMI
40 Personal Income and Saving
41 Poverty
42 Producer Price Indexes
43 Productivity: Business Sector
44 Retail Sales
45 Selected Services Revenue
46 Stock Market Price Aggregates and Dividend Yields
47 Unemployment
48 Unit Labor Costs: Business Sector
49 Value of the Dollar
Appendix: Note on Sampling and Nonsampling Errors in Statistical Surveys