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What Was The ‘Real’ Level of 1st Qtr GDP?

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 26th, 2014 8:37 AM |

Anyone with a modicum of ‘sense on cents’ is well aware of the maxim ‘garbage in, garbage out.’

If we are to believe that the inflation data reported by Uncle Sam does not properly capture the true level of price increases in our economy — did somebody say intentionally misleading — then the immediate question begs, what is the real level of economic activity in the nation?

Recall that real GDP is defined as:

A measure of economic growth from one period to another expressed as a percentage and adjusted for inflation (i.e. expressed in real as opposed to nominal terms). The real economic growth rate is a measure of the rate of change that a nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) experiences from one year to another.¬†

If inflation is under reported, and the rate of change in our economic growth is a known figure, then by definition the output (that is, real GDP) will be overstated. So I repeat my question: What is the real level, that is a more honest and accurate assessment, of our 1st quarter GDP? (more…)






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