Economic Statistics

Why Does the Census Matter for State and Local Governments?

By and ·March 22, 2019
McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

The Issue:

The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching. Much attention has focused on whether including a citizenship question will impact the accuracy of the count. But other factors  – ranging from technical issues, to funding, to the ability to hire the number of census workers required  –  also present challenges.

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How Fast Did the Economy Grow Last Year?

By and ·March 5, 2019
Fletcher School, Tufts University and George Washington University and The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution

The Issue:

The growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is one of the most visible measures of economic performance. There are concerns with GDP as a measure of well-being: for example, it does not include non-market production that people value (such as parents caring for children or charitable work) nor does it

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What Explains Slow Productivity Growth in the United States? (VIDEO)

By and ·November 25, 2018
Harvard University and George Washington University and The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution
Excerpt from webinar with Karen Dynan (Harvard University), Jay Shambaugh (George Washington University, and The Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution), and Eduardo Porter (New York Times), October 23, 2018. A collaboration between EconoFact and The Hamilton Project, Brookings.

The Issue:

Productivity ...
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Are Economic Statistics Fake News?

By ·April 2, 2017
Wellesley College

The Issue:

Is the unemployment rate published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics a good gauge of the state of the labor market?  The credibility of economic data produced by government statistical agencies increasingly has been called into question.  Before becoming president, Donald Trump repeatedly criticized ...
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