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“Is the GDP Still Accurate in the Digital Age?”
What the GDP measures, if anything, has become quite the issue in the digital age. Consider this data:
In 2012, U.S. Real GDP was $15,345.63 billion and Real Per Capita GDP was $48,842 billion.
Five years later, at the end of 2017, U.S. Real GDP was $17,096.18 billion and Real Per Capita GDP was $52,446 billion. (All data was extracted May 20, 2018, from FRED https://fred.stlouisfed.org/.)
Read this blog, GDP: Falling Short, to help you answer this week’s discussion questions.
Reply to these questions in your response:
- Considering the data above, did the U.S. make progress? Explain your answer.
- Given what you know now about economics, should the measure of GDP be changed? Why or why not?
Talk with a peer:
- Review a peer’s post and let him/her know if you agree or disagree with their reasoning about U.S. progress or the measure of GDP.