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The leading indicators : a short history of the search for the right numbers, Zachary Karabell

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The leading indicators : a short history of the search for the right numbers
Title
The leading indicators
Title remainder
a short history of the search for the right numbers
Statement of responsibility
Zachary Karabell
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
We are bombarded every day with numbers that tell us how we are doing, whether the economy is growing or shrinking, whether the future looks bright or dim. Gross national product, balance of trade, unemployment, inflation, and consumer confidence guide our actions, yet few of us know where these numbers come from, what they mean, or why they rule our world. In The Leading Indicators, Zachary Karabell tells the fascinating history of these indicators. They were invented in the mid-twentieth century to address the urgent challenges of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. They were rough measures<U+0127> � designed to give clarity in a data-parched world that was made up of centralized, industrial nations<U+0127> �yet we still rely on them today. We live in a world shaped by information technology and the borderless flow of capital and goods. When we follow a 1950s road map for a twenty-first-century world, we shouldn't be surprised if we get lost. What is urgently needed, Karabell makes clear, is not that we invent a new set of numbers but that we tap into the thriving data revolution, which offers unparalleled access to the information we need. Companies should not base their business plans on GDP projections; individuals should not decide whether to buy a home or get a degree based on the national unemployment rate. If you want to buy a home, look for a job, start a company, or run a business, you should find your own indicators. National housing figures don't matter; local ones do. You can find them at the click of a button. Personal, made-to-order indicators will meet our needs today, and the revolution is well underway. We need only to join it --
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Karabell, Zachary
Dewey number
330.015195
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Economic indicators
  • Economics
  • Economic indicators
  • Economics
  • United States
Label
The leading indicators : a short history of the search for the right numbers, Zachary Karabell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. The ripples of domesday -- 2. Unemployment -- 3. National income and the man from Pinsk -- 4. The invention of the economy -- 5. The economic gestalt -- 6. Inflation : from leading indicator to government con -- 7. Diminishing returns -- 8. Where's Waldo? -- 9. Gross national happiness -- 10. The avatars -- Conclusion. Made to measure
Control code
FIEb17516316
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9781451651225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)914477348
Label
The leading indicators : a short history of the search for the right numbers, Zachary Karabell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. The ripples of domesday -- 2. Unemployment -- 3. National income and the man from Pinsk -- 4. The invention of the economy -- 5. The economic gestalt -- 6. Inflation : from leading indicator to government con -- 7. Diminishing returns -- 8. Where's Waldo? -- 9. Gross national happiness -- 10. The avatars -- Conclusion. Made to measure
Control code
FIEb17516316
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9781451651225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)914477348

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