The Output Gap: A ''Potentially'' Unreliable Measure of Economic Health? (Page One Economics)

The output gap is one (of many) economic indicators used by economists to measure the strength of the economy. What exactly is the output gap, and how accurately does it predict the state of the economy? Read the November 2012 issue for an explanation of the output gap and answers to these questions.

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Education Level: 9-12 Non-educators College
Subjects: AP Economics Economics Data Literacy
Concepts: Gross Domestic Product/GDP Unemployment Inflation/Deflation
Resource Types: Publication Lesson
Languages: English
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