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A collection of graphic representations of data by CEPR researchers on important economic issues.

Equipment and Software Investement Share of GDP, 2004-2011 Print
April 28, 2011

Investment in equipment and software maintained strong growth in the first quarter, rising at an 11.6 percent annual rate. Equipment and software investment were equal to 7.4 percent of GDP in the quarter, just 0.5 percentage points below the pre-recession level. This is remarkably strong given the amount of excess capacity in most sectors of the economy. It is likely to remain healthy throughout the year as the investment tax credit pulls investment forward; however, it may not sustain its double-digit growth rate.


For more, check out our latest GDP Byte.

Change in Bottom-Tier Home Prices Relative to Change in Overal Market, Jan 2009- Feb 2011 Print
April 26, 2011

In February, housing price declines were spread more evenly through the housing market than was the case in prior months; although the bottom tier continues to disproportionately suffer from the end of the first-time buyers tax credit. In Denver, prices for bottom-tier houses fell 1.4 percent in February and have fallen at a 17.9 percent annual rate over the last three months. In Chicago, they fell 4.7 percent in February and have fallen at a 28.4 percent rate over the last three months. In Minneapolis, prices in the bottom tier fell 6.5 percent in February and have fallen at a 42.8 percent rate over the last three months.

On the other hand, prices for homes in the bottom tier in Atlanta actually rose 0.6 percent in February; although they are still down 29.4 percent from their year-ago level.


For more, read the latest Housing Market Monitor.

Change in Price of Imported Computers and All Other Capital Goods Print
April 15, 2011

The price of capital goods imports fell 0.1 percent in March.  More than three-quarters of this index is nonelectrical machinery, the price of which has been virtually flat for two years.  It should be noted that the general fall in the price of nonelectrical machinery over the last decade is due to falling computer and semiconductor prices — a steady decline of about 45 percent since early 2001.  By contrast, the prices of capital goods excluding computers and semiconductors have risen 1.4 percent per year over that time.


For more, read our latest Prices Byte.

Employment Growth After Recessions Print
April 1, 2011

While the recent acceleration in job growth is encouraging, it is still an extremely weak recovery from a downturn as severe as we have just experienced. Based on the experience of the last two severe recessions, 1974-75 and 1981-82, we should be expecting job growth in the range of 400,000 a month. Instead, we are still seeing a rate of job growth that is below the 250,000-a-month average from the 90s.


For more, read our latest Jobs Byte.

New Single-Family Houses Sold by Region, 2005-2011 Print
March 29, 2011

The plunge in new home sales in February caught the attention of many reporters and housing analysts. The 250,000 annual rate of sales reported for the month is by far the lowest on record and is down by more than 80 percent from levels reported in 2005 near the peak of the bubbles. The decline in new home sales have been even more severe in the West and Midwest, where they are down by 87 and 88 percent, respectively from their bubble peaks.

While these declines are dramatic, they are not unexpected. The bubble prompted an enormous building boom, which led to a massive over-supply of housing. A major part of the correction process must be a sharp reduction in the homes being built each year, which we have seen. The February number for starts of single-family units was down almost 80 percent from the peak of the boom. After a period of weak construction, supply and demand will eventually come back into balance.


For more, read our latest Housing Market Monitor.

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