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Is GDP the Best Measurement of Economic Growth?

Numbers are only representations of ideal states and are in and of themselves subjective to what they measure. A paper by Stow & Stow (2013) discusses some of the fallacies of relying too heavily on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) without considering the deeper meaning of the numbers. Fallacies of judgment can occur when governments adjust their economy to improve upon GDP but don’t look at actual economic activity. GDP is calculated by adding =C+I+G+NX. Any improvement in consumption (C), Investment (I), Government Spending (G) and Net Exports (NX) would result in an improvement in overall GDP. The numbers could be misleading in the long run and lead to poor policies decisions. When consumers spend more money they are not necessarily improving total wealth of the nation even though GDP rises. They are simply spending their money, dwindling their savings, buying now instead of investing later, and taking on debt. They may be encouraging organizational profits but not excl

Successful Economic Forecasting with the Bayesian Method

Gupta and Kabundi (2010) started with an interesting question on which macroeconomic models are most likely to predict economic growth and success. Decision-makers that have tools are better able to make current decisions that are likely to foster greater growth in the future. The researcher used emerging markets of South Africa but these same models may apply to economic hubs and the factors that predict their success.  Models are simply explanations that attempt to predict activities within the environment. Some models are more successful than others. Success is determined through a process of validity where multiple researchers over a period of time analyze the same phenomenon over and over in multiple ways to determine if the model makes sense.  Common data points in measuring economic development include per capita growth rate, consumer price index (CPI), inflation, the money market rate, and the growth rate of nominal effective exchange rates. These data points often