Guide to Economic Indicators

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M.E. Sharpe, 2000 - Business & Economics - 328 pages
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Guide to Economic Indicators provides concise, substantive, and jargon-free explanations of over 70 economic indicators of the domestic and international aspects of the U.S. economy. Clarifying the meaning, use, and availability of each indicator, the book covers multidimensional topics -- economic growth cycles, forecasting, labor, inflation, finance, production, income distribution, households, businesses, government, housing, and well-being. Numerous cross-references provide links to interrelationships among the indicators.

Now fully updated and expanded, this handy desk reference gives quick and easy access to current and reliable data on the major sources of economic information. This third edition contains coverage of 10 new indicators dealing with the economy's social impact, including distribution of wealth, bankruptcies, consumer credit delinquency, mortgage delinquency and foreclosure, housing affordability, employment "household survey", job quality, non-manufacturing business activity, business starts, and the Russell 2000 stock index.

Guide to Economic Indicators has been and continues to be essential reading for both academic and professional economists, students, investors, journalists, executives, and anyone interested in economic affairs.

 

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Contents

AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS
3
AVERAGE WEEKLY HOURS
7
BALANCE OF PAYMENTS
11
BALANCE OF TRADE
18
BANK LOANS COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL
24
BANKRUPTCIES PERSONAL
28
BUSINESS FAILURES
33
BUSINESS OPTIMISM INDEXES
38
HOME SALES NEW AND EXISTING HOUSES
166
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX
172
HOUSING STARTS
177
IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES
181
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION INDEX
186
INTEREST RATES
190
INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT POSITION OF THE UNITED STATES
198
INVENTORYSALES RATIOS
203

BUSINESS STARTS
42
CAPACITY UTILIZATION
46
CONSUMER ATTITUDE INDEXES
51
CONSUMER CREDIT
59
CONSUMER CREDIT DELINQUENCY
63
CONSUMER PRICE INDEX
67
CORPORATE PROFITS
76
CRB FUTURES PRICE INDEX
81
DISTRIBUTION OF INCOME
85
DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH
92
EMPLOYMENT
99
EMPLOYMENT COST INDEX
112
EXPERIMENTAL RECESSION INDEXES
117
FARM PARITY RATIO
123
GDP PRICE MEASURES
128
GOVERNMENT BUDGETS AND DEBT
133
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
144
GROWTH CYCLES
155
HELPWANTED ADVERTISING INDEX
162
JOB QUALITY INDEX
208
LEADING COINCIDENT AND LAGGING INDEXES
213
MANUFACTURERS ORDERS
221
MONEY SUPPLY
225
MORTGAGE DELINQUENCY AND FORECLOSURE
230
NONMANUFACTURING BUSINESS ACTIVITY INDEX
234
PERSONAL INCOME AND SAVING
238
POVERTY
244
PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES
252
PRODUCTIVITY BUSINESS SECTOR
260
PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX
268
RETAIL SALES
273
STOCK MARKET PRICE INDEXES AND DIVIDEND YIELDS
277
UNEMPLOYMENT
289
UNIT LABOR COSTS BUSINESS SECTOR
297
VALUE OF THE DOLLAR
301
BIBLIOGRAPHY
311
INDEX
315
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Frumkin, an economics writer, has a long-standing interest in the use of statistics for economic analysis and forecasting.

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