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GDP As A Measure of Economic Well-Being

What is GDP (Gross Domestic Product)?  What does it really measure?  Is it the best way to capture the happiness and welfare of a society? These questions were recently explored by Professor Karen Dynan and Dr. Louise Sheiner in a paper published at the Brookings Institution’s Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy.

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How Will Trump’s Policies Affect the U.S. Economy?

President Trump graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 1968. In this recent article in Knowledge@Wharton, current Wharton faculty offer their opinion on the future of the US economy under the Trump administration.

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Fed to Raise Rates Twice This Year but Conviction Fading

Will the Fed raise rates again? If so, when? This is the question currently being pondered by many economists and explored in this article by Anu Bararia for Reuters.

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Spain Outperforms Rest of Eurozone’s Big Four Amid Greek Debt Crisis

The Guardian’s economic editor, Larry Elliott, takes a look at Spain’s economy in the wake of the recent Greek debt crisis. Current studies show that Spain’s economy is growing and, per this article, is the best performer of the Eurozone’s big four economies.

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Redefining EM: Country Clusters Offer New Matrix

Peter Marber, Head of Emerging Market Investments at Loomis, Sayles & Co., provides his insight on emerging market economies in this latest article published by the Financial Times. Marber looks at the socio-economic progress of countries world-wide between 2003 and 2013 to understand the impact of globalization on the emerging markets.

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OECD Slashes US Forecast as Gives Global Economy B Minus

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has recently cut its growth predictions for the U.S. Economy to 2.0% in 2015 and 2.8% in 2016 (down from original forecasts of 3.1% in 2015 and 3.0% in 2016). The reason for this cut stems from numerous factors including a strong U.S. dollar and rough winter weather across much of the U.S.  This re-evaluation for the U.S., as well as the rest of the world, is explored in a current article published by the BBC.

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A Happy New Year

Will 2015 be as bright as predicted in this recent article by The Economist? With GDP growth on the rise, record highs for the Dow Jones and cheaper oil prices putting dollars back in the pockets of average consumers, there could be reason to celebrate.

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US Economy Expanded 4.6% in Q2, Most Since 2011

Stronger job growth along with a pickup in consumer and business spending have many economists projecting third-quarter growth to clock in between 3% and 4%. Forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisers predicts 3.6% annual growth from July through September. If that materializes, the economy will have grown at a pace of at least 3.5% for four of the past five quarters. That hasn’t happened since the late 1990s.

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Ranking the Frontier and Emerging Markets

Bloomberg uses 19 measures to sort and rank the Emerging and Frontier Markets countries. Factors such as forecasts of GDP growth and ease of doing business have put the countries of Qatar and China at the top of their respective rankings.
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