The President as Economist: Scoring Economic Performance from Harry Truman to Barack Obama

The President as Economist: Scoring Economic Performance from Harry Truman to Barack Obama

by Richard J Carroll

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440801815
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2012
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard J. Carroll, MA, MBA, is an economist, evaluation specialist, and financial analyst who has published several books and articles about the U.S. economy that cover a range of issues focusing on lessons for current policy. His published works include Praeger's An Economic Record of Presidential Performance: From Truman to Bush and NewsGuides™ Top 10 Issues 2011—An Economic Guide to the Top Issues Facing the United States.

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Abbreviations xxix

Timeline of Events xxxi

Part I General Economy: The President's Influence on the Private Sector

1 GDP and Productivity: Presidential Influence on Economic Production 3

2 Inflation and Interest Rates: Incentives and Disincentives for Economic Production 43

3 Savings and Investment: Groundwork for Growth 55

4 Growth of the Stock Market: The Value of Private Companies 65

5 Employment and the Poverty Line: The "Other" Bottom Lines of Economic Policy 77

6 U.S. Exports and International Trade Balance: America's Global Competitiveness 91

Part II Fiscal Economy: The President's Influence on the Public Sector

7 Federal Budget Growth and Share of the Economy: Maintaining a Public/Private Balance 105

8 Federal Budget Deficits and the National Debt: A President's Fiscal Responsibility 119

9 Federal Taxation: Raising Revenue Effectively for the Public 133

Part III Combining Public and Private Indicators: Overall Presidential Performance Rankings

10 Economic Performance Rankings from Harry Truman to Barack Obama 153

Annex 1 Methodology 183

Annex 2 The Great Depression and World War II: Background to the Modern Economy 187

Annex 3 Statistics 193

Selected Bibliography 211

Index 215

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