AP Economicsmacroeconomics

Unit 2A: Measuring the Economy: Economic Goals

One of the most important indicators for a macroeconomy is GDP (Gross Domestic Product). This figure, the value of all goods and service produced in a country for a given year, let's government know the health of the economy and whether it is growing or shrinking. Often connected to this measure are two important statistics: unemployment rate and inflation rate. Congress has tasked the federal government with making sure that the overall health of the United States economy is good, and if it is not, it has tools to influence changes to make it so. In this unit we will be introduced to GDP, its components, Unemployment Rate, and the Inflation Rate.

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Online Textbook Resources

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Constructing & Deconstructing GDP: The Income Approach

Using the Income Approach, this powerpoint demonstrates how to create GDP figure using given data and then work back to get other statistics such as NDP, PI, and DI.


Video Link: Learner.org

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