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The Economist Guide To Economic Indicators: Making Sense of Economics Hardcover – 14 Dec 2006

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Economist Books; 6 edition (14 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861979479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861979476
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Making sense of Economics --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A blueprint for understanding and interpreting essential economic information

From the publishers of The Economist, the renowned international business weekly, this practical resource offers a detailed road map of all the major--and many of the less well-known--economic indicators in existence today. Explaining exactly what they are, why they are significant, how reliable they are, and--perhaps, most importantly--how to interpret them, it covers over 100 indicators, including: *GDP *Population, employment, unemployment *Public expenditure *Personal and disposable income *Fixed investments *Imports and exports *Nominal exchange rates *Money supply and money stock *Wages, earnings, and labor costs.

Clearly organized, accurate, and accessible, The Economist Guide to Economic Indicators is an indispensible reference for understanding key economic data from around the world.

Success in today's global business environment requires a thorough knowledge of important economic figures and a firm grasp of their meaning. Now, The Economist Guide to Economic Indicators provides you with a detailed road map of all the major--and many of the less well-known--indicators that exist worldwide.

Economic indicators provide invaluable insights into how different economies and different markets are performing, enabling practitioners to adjust their investment strategies in order to achieve the best return. However, in order to make the right decisions, you must know how to interpret the relevant indicators. The Economist Guide to Economic Indicators enables you to read--and use--indicators accurately and effectively.

Covering approximately 100 indicators--including GDP, population, exchange rates, disposable income, public expenditure, and bond yields--this practical resource explains exactly what they are, why they are significant, where and when they're published, and how reliable they are. Perhaps most importantly, the Guide shows you how to interpret these indicators correctly, providing straightforward guidelines through which you can distill such vital information as start and end points for changes, inflational influences, time frames, and yardsticks for judging future trends.

Organized to highlight linkages and aid interpretation, and incorporating data for the fifteen largest industrial countries, this concise, accessible guide is essential for anyone eager to be brought up to speed on these key economic measurements. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Greenwood on 10 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is part of the well-known series published under the imprimatur of "The Economist". It presents a clearly written but relatively simple account of what economic indicators and statistics are available in the UK, what they show and, within limits, what can be inferred from them. Coverage is restricted to the more readily accessible figures and various associations that exist between them.

Reading this book won't make you an expert in econometrics (nor, for that matter, would reading any number of econometrics texts :-O). Nevertheless, knowledge of what it says together with the economic data published by The Economist newspaper, would have enabled a reasonably numerate person to see much of the current economic crisis coming.

My only gripe about it is that titles in this series are pretty expensive for what they are and that readers would be better served by decent and cheaper paperback editions.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on 22 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a very concise, well thought out book explaining all the key concepts of economics and economic related information. As someone with a non-economics background but needing to pick up a good grounding in basic economic ideas quickly this was an ideal book as it is refreshingly jargon free and tailored to non-specialist readers, such as myself. Having read the book I had a solid understanding of key economic concepts such as GNP, balance of payments etc (i.e words and phrases you hear all the time but never seemed to fully understand!). The layout with each topic split into separate chapters also means that you can simply jump to an individual topic if you are in a hurry. A useful primer and reference book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt (Croydon) on 3 Jan 2013
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I have been leafing through this book for little over an hour and I have already come across errors.

Page 13 "Any series of numbers, as described below for the constant price series in Table 2.2 column E." So I carry out the calculations as described and check it against Table 2.2 on p14 and instead of getting the constant price series/index, I get the current price series/index.

For example, the current price in Table 2.2, column A for 2005 is 12,638.4. Divide this by 100 to get 126.38. The current price for 2007 is 14,077.6. So dividing the 14,077.6 by 126.38 gives 111.4, which is labeled as the "current price index" in table 2.2 and not the "constant price index."

So which is correct; did I work out the constant price index or the current price index????

I do not know much about this stuff which is why I bought this book, and with simple errors like this, how can I trust the rest of the text? And to think that this is the seventh edition!!!!

I wonder if the Economist would like to volunteer a comment here, preferably with a commitment that they will proof read the text and send out a new copy to all those who have purchased the book with errors corrected.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
If only economics were that easy 8 Feb 2004
By Frederic Horst - Published on
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True to the style of The Economist, this book makes everything seem easier than it really is. However, for people who spend too much time thinking about economic issues, this is actually rather refreshing, much like a cold beer after a long day's work.
Some examples: "In the long term, the growth in economic output depends on the number of people working and output per worker (productivity)" (Page 41); Or "In general, the more optimistic consumers are, the more likely they are to spend money. This boosts consumer spending and economic output" (Page 93)...
...One begins to yearn for the days where economics was more of an explanatory and less a mathematical science.
The guide is divided into a number of chapters discussing issues and examples related to
- How economic activity is calculated, and what the main indicators GDP/GNP/NNI capture and do not capture, as well as what changes in these indicators or their components mean.
- Employment indicators such as employment by sector or the unemployment rate
- Balance of payments and fiscal indicators, such as tax revenue or budget deficit
- Consumer indicators, such as disposable income or consumer confidence and their significance
- Investment and savings indicators, such as investment intentions or sales/inventory ratios
- Business indicators, including business conditions, auto sales, construction orders and other common stats
- Exchange rates and financial market indicators, such as interest rates and money supply.
- Prices and wages, like the effect of oil price changes, among others
Coverage of the most common and widely available indicators is fairly comprehensive. Given the simplicity of the book, it is better to have a certain level of economic knowledge and opinion to be able to put the content in context. Not much different to reading The Economist, really.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A reference guide 1 Mar 2006
By Marlin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I expected a guide that would assist in determining where we were in the business cycle. This wasn't really it. The book is structured more like an encyclopedia - analyzing each indicator in detail and in isolation. A fine addition to anyone's economic reference books, but disappointed me by failing to treat the economy as an organic whole.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A good purchase 11 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As the title says, this book can help you make sense of economic indicators. The more you know, the easier it is for you to understand the economical aspects of society, and this seemed to add a lot more to my knowledge, and it clarified other thoughts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great reference 6 Oct 2011
By Ant - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
With the current economic conditions, I wouldn't be surprised if there were a lot more people like me trying to make sense out of the World Economy. I wanted a book that would give insight to common principles of economics and allow me to make more sense out of the finance and business reports I view on TV. This isn't it!

In fact the book is more a reference tool for things TV reporters and journalists refer to, to support their theories. I found it insightful and will keep coming back to this book when I need an explanation of these indicators. It probably is essential for students and a good starting point for others.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A good reference guide for understanding economic indicators 19 Sep 2000
By Enrique Maroto - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book itself will be of great use for those analysts who evaluate country risk analysis. Economic indicators sometimes tend to be hard to understand, but this guide makes them easy to comprehend and relate to each other.
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